A few weeks ago I started to address my nervousness with this new genre (not new, but unknown to me for instructional planning). I placed a tub in our classroom library that was full of just myths. I introduced a few titles, and did a mini-lesson on what a myth was. Then what did I do? I put the tub in our library...walked away...and watched.
|Keeping track of new words.|
|Analyzing a new word for the reader..."ogre".|
The kids flocked to the tub like I had thrown out a free IPad. It is all they are reading...even after two weeks! As I have been conferencing with kids, their enthusiasm and wonder is shining. They are attached to a series that integrates many of the cultures we have discussed in social studies. I even have one of my most reluctant writers creating a myth dictionary to help us understand the terminology that is commonly being used. Then I discovered the jackpot! I had a conference with a reader who wanted to show me her "deep thinking" and talk about it...guess what...it was from one of the myth books! (The notebook pages are from that conference). How exciting! I conquered my nervousness, lured readers to a new genre, and... we are all loving it !
|Comparing two myths that have the character Anansi.|