Teachers recognise that frequent independent reading
increases student knowledge on a wide range of topics, enhances vocabulary and
improves comprehension. How can teachers nurture and deepen independent reading
experiences for their students?
Ban the Book Report argues that the main purpose
of reading assignments is to encourage rather than discourage reading. This
practical book inspires teachers to go beyond narrow and analytical book
reports by exploring the potential of oral and visual activities. It offers
response assignments that are more closely aligned with the reasons that people
read – to explore personal interests, to make important emotional connections
and to enjoy themselves.
This remarkable resource offers more than twenty specific
assignments that will engage students and persuade them to respond to their
reading in innovative ways. Assignments are categorised into chapters on
- reading logs
- oral responses
- written responses
- illustration and graphic
- making connections
- responding to nonfiction
A comprehensive analysis of the expectations and
possibilities of independent reading, Ban
the Book Report is ideal for teachers who value showing as well as telling
to engage students in thoughtful personal response.