Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons strives to put literacy on the front line for all its students.
Statistics show that: role modelling reading as parents ; encouraging trips to libraries ; sharing great audiobooks or telling stories ; reading to your students more than once a day ; and encouraging literacy participation in Read-A-Thons will really help your student flourish in their literacy skills!
Our HCS distance learning and campus students in grades 4-9 may be found collaborating in virtual classrooms, and in the campus commons sharing about their reading, and blogging book reviews.
During the fall of 2013 the grades 4-8 students have read books nominated for the Red Cedar Awards. All book clubs including our campus book club are collaborating on the HCS NDG blog. The most popular reads were CatBoy by Eric Walters and Racing Home by Adele Dueck (both books may be found on our E Library). We are very excited to follow up this collaboration with an Author event starring Adele Dueck sharing from her award winning book in May. More details of this classroom will be made available closer to May! Stay tuned if you have a student in these age groups, and would like to hear more about how an author writes a children’s book and some of the challenges.
Our next event in our book clubs for this spring involves critiquing children’s books, in regards to their pictures and their themes. Our book clubs, including the distance learning students, and our campus book club are teaming up with a British school, Notre Dame Catholic School in New Guernsey England, to contribute to the BC Chocolate Lily Picture Book awards, and possibly the Kate Greenaway Awards (British awards) which take place late in June.
Some of the questions we will be examining include the following:
1. Does the story have rhythm? Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?
2. Did you enjoy the story? Would a small child enjoy the story? Why or why not?
3. Do the images match the theme of the story? Could the images tell the story on their own?
4. Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?
5. Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?
6. How much of the text is telling you the story? Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot? Can you see the images in your head when you read?
7. Is the language suited to the story? Does it start off well? Are there any sensory details that add to the text? Are the nouns and verbs strong?
8. If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme? Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through? Is the rhyme innovative?
9. Is this book unique in some way? What makes it special?
After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog! Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!