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    Literature Night
    By 1956BD

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    How about using poetry for your literature night instead of books? There are tons of poems online that you could make copies of and use. Would that work with the strategies you have in mind?

    I also would try using one of Mary Ann Hoberman's books. She has several versions called You Read To Me, I'll Read To You. One is poems and it is my favorite. But there is a fairy tale version, scary story version, and funny Mother Goose version as well. My students always love reading these. They are designed for two voices, so it would be perfect for a child and parent reading. They are short, so you could make transparencies for all to read from the overhead.

    If your Literature Night is in October I suggest using some of Jack Prelutsky's poems from It's Halloween. These are great fun to read aloud and the motivation is high because kids love this holiday. My class uses them for dramatic group choral readings, after several days of practice. We just read them to our kindergarten buddies, but your students could do a couple for their parents. I always allow my students to include simple props to increase the fun factor of their reading.

    You could introduce them to www.storylineonline.net/
    so they could listen to a story together read by a famous actor or even Al Gore. There are activities for each selection.

    Do an author study. Collect several books by the same author from your library. Have enough for everyone in your class. Teach some strategy to use and let them start reading while you walk around and help. I suggest Patricia Palacco because she has written so many books and she has a great website. She has a postcard, book mark, illustration to color, and questions for every story.

    Hope some of this is helpful and good luck with your literature night.


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