Okay, y'all. I was a slacker last week and didn't post my book study post for last week's reading. Since I need to post about chapter 4, I didn't want to include that with this week's reading because that would be a LOT. I've decided to post my thoughts on last week's reading (chapter 4 and part 1) today and then Saturday, I will post my thoughts on this week's reading (chapters 5,6) and then I'll be caught up for next week. Forgive me, friends! :) 

So let's talk chapter 4. This chapter was all about how students need to be compassionate readers. Although this sounds like a simple concept, I have found this to be difficult when teaching reading. It is so hard to get kids to put themselves in the reader's shoes and communicate how they would feel if they were put in a situation that the character found themselves in. So often, they just want to answer with things that are happening in the text and leave their feelings out of it. 

Did this statement stick out to anyone else? I gotta say, it really resonated with me and then left me a little confused. There's a fine line between just letting the kids read and response to the text and actually teaching them how to do it, and sometimes while I'm reading this book, I'm overwhelmed and unsure of how to go about it. I want more than anything for my kids to love reading, but I also want them to know how to read and comprehend and response to the text. I mean, sometimes a "sticky note" is needed, right?? How do you get them to develop a love for reading and not smother them with sticky note tasks, while at the same time actually teaching them useful strategies??

This is another statement that I highlighted. This year, I really want to teach my kids to respond to the text as it relates to them, but I also want them to share their thoughts with others. I think literature circles will really help with this. 

Y'all know I struggle with nonfiction. I always have to force myself to incorporate more nonfiction into my lessons. Fiction just comes naturally to me, and I always lean toward that type of text, but I really liked what this chapter said in regards to being a compassionate reader when reading nonfiction. I think this is so important now more than ever. The book used the 2016 election as an example and that really hit home with me. We need compassionate readers (and people!) now!

Okay, what stuck with you from chapter 4? I wanna know! And I promise after Saturday I will be caught up and on time with the rest of the book study posts. :)

To see the other posts in the book study:

Chapter 4, Part I Thoughts (this post)

Part II, Chapter 5,6

Chapters 7,8,9, Thoughts on Part II

Part III, Chapters 10, 11

Chapters 12, 13

Chapters 14, 15, end of book