Classroom teachers can implement a number of programs which will assist in creating a reading culture in a school. Here are a few ideas that can be done in an individual classroom:


Just a Taste

Teachers are busy and budgets are scarce. Sustained Silent Reading (SSR), Making Books Available, and Promoting Reading are "quick and easy" ways that teachers and teacher-librarians can work at creating a culture of reading in an individual classroom.

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References:
Daniels, E., & Steres, M. (2011). Examining the effects of a school-wide reading culture on the engagement of middle school students. RMLE Online, 35(2), 1-13.
Krashen, S. (2011). Free voluntary reading. Santa Barbara CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Miller, D. (2009). The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child. SanFrancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


The Full Meal Deal

Once a bigger philosophical change has occured in teachers, other ideas can be applied in the classroom. The 40-Book Challenge from Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer, Classroom Book Clubs, and Grand Conversation Literature Circles from Faye Brownlie are all ways of infusing a reading culture in a classroom.

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References:
Brownlie, F (2005). Grand conversations, thoughtful responses: A unique approach to literature circles. Winnipeg, MB, Canada: Portage & Main Press.
Miller, D. (2009). The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child. SanFrancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
McComb, B. (2009). Creating a culture of reading in high school: Student book clubs work [PDF document]. Retrieved from
http://locals.bctf.ca/psas/BCTLA/pub/bookmark/bonnie_bookclubs/Creating%20Student%20BookClubs%20_2_.pdf


Room for Dessert

These are ideas that can be added to supplement an already-strong reading culture in classrooms.

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References:
Chambers, A. (1991). The reading environment. Stroud, England: Thimble Press.
Ferriter, W.M. (2010). Can't get kids to read? Make it social. Educational Leadership, 67(6), 87-88.


Room for Discussion

In the discussion section, discuss your experiences with any of these methods. Also, please add any additional suggestions for how you have worked to build a reading culture in your classrom.
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Discussion Prompt MrsHamel MrsHamel 9 168 Apr 7, 2012 by MrsHnatiuk MrsHnatiuk
Making books available QueenofBooks QueenofBooks 0 50 Apr 2, 2012 by QueenofBooks QueenofBooks