Reading Is Bigger Than Us

This is why I want to be a librarian–to get other people to feel this!!!

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My students used to read so they could do a book report.  They used to read so they could have a book talk with an adult.  They used to read so they could check off 1,000 pages.  Some read for the love of it, some for the occasional thrill, and some read because I told them to.  Much like many children today.  This year as we started to have deep discussion about the books we chose to read, I realized quickly that my students were unsure how to discuss a book, how to dig deeper and pull out answers from each other.  They even were unsure of why we were learning how to do this in the first place.  Surely reading doesn’t have much to do with conversations?

So when I asked them why we discuss our books, the most common answer was because we want to…

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