At North View Middle School we believe that developing a passion for reading is crucial for student success. Too many of our students will tell you they don’t like reading. In order to change that, we must to convince them otherwise! By reading aloud to students and talking about a common text, we are sending pleasure messages to our students brains, to set the stage for developing a passion for reading.
Our All School Reads program allows us to:
- Build a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and all staff, by providing an opportunity to discuss concepts and connections of a particular text
- Introduce International Baccalaureate Learner Profiles
- Develop a positive culture of reading across the building
All of our students began reading Seedfolks last Thursday and will be doing a variety of classroom activities to help us reach our objectives. We hope to read a vignette almost every day, at the beginning of each hour, so that every student will be engaged in the same story.
Summary of the Book:
“A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha’s heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil’s dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead.
Thirteen very different voices and perspectives—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.”
This book has also been chosen as a state and citywide read in communities across the country, including in Vermont; Racine, WI; Tampa, FL; Newburgh, NY; and Boca Raton, FL.
Please consider joining us on our journey by reading along.