Do you have students who have absolutely no interest whatsoever in reading a book? Doesn’t it just break your heart! You’ve tried everything in your bag of tricks to share your love of books, but nothing has worked. The thing I found interesting about these students is, their lack of love for reading doesn’t necessarily mean they are poor readers. In fact, I’ve had some high readers who never read for pleasure. Sometimes I’ve found the trouble is a limited attention span. These students are often overwhelmed by all the words they see on a page and shut down mentally when they see a book that has “too many pages” (their opinion). These students do better with non-fiction books because the reading is divided into bite-sized pieces.
Graphic novels are another type of book that will hold these readers’ attention. Here’s a great article you should read. These books appeal to boys and girls. A favorite of my students is the Baby Mouse series. Boys love all the ones about Superheroes.
I put together a new packet called “My Mother is My Superhero” which has activities about superheroes. Students make a book, which I thought would be a great Mother’s Day gift. This unit can be taught at any time of the year, but with Mother’s Day right around the corner, this seemed like a great time to use it. Activities include: