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“Reading The Whole Book” in Grade 6 ——Take Childhood As An Example

School News November 02, 2021
“Reading The Whole Book” in Grade 6 ——Take Childhood As An Example

This term, grade 6 Manta Ray and Mackerel students are doing an activity called "Whole Book Reading".

"Whole Book Reading" is both necessary and important for children in senior primary school. In the first week of school, we discussed this topic. We not only formulated the reading plan for this term, but also put together more than ten reading strategies of "Reading the Whole Book".

Next, we started the first book of this term called Childhood, recommended by Happy Reading in the textbook.

Each student has prepared a reading notebook, which they can use freely according to their reading habits. Because there are many characters in this book, in the kick-off lesson, the teacher helped the students sort out the relationship between the characters in the book and draw them out with a mind map. In the follow-up lessons, the students expressed their views on what they had read. Some students felt that this book was very depressing to read, and some students felt that the language was different from other books they usually read, so they were not used to it. We analyzed the story background together and realised that we should put ourselves into that era when reading. We also found that our books have different versions of translations and illustrations. The follow-up lesson is a re-energizer. Finally, during the National Day holiday, almost all the students completed the reading of this book and wrote their thoughts and feelings after finishing. In the sharing lesson, several students took the initiative to share the good words and sentences they found, and several students read their articles about reading this book. The teacher deeply agreed with one of the students who wrote "reading this book, I feel that death was a very common thing in that era". From this book, many students associate our present life, feel the beauty of our present life, and understand that we should cherish our present happiness.

It is particularly worth mentioning that our four “Whole Book Reading” lessons happen about once every ten days, with textbook teaching included. In the process of studying the textbook, the students also actively made connections to the book Childhood. For example, some students studied Maxim Gorky, the author of the book, and quoted his famous saying "books are the ladder of human progress" when writing his speech "The Happiness of Reading"; some students mentioned the description of the scene of the fire in this book when learning the writing technique of “combining point and area”.

Many students used the reading strategies we summarized at the beginning of term when reading Childhood. They painted portraits of characters in their notebooks, summarized the characteristics of characters, wrote the main idea of each chapter, extracted beautiful sentences, made comments on books, exchanged books of different editions with their classmates etc. Among them, Madelyn F. of Manta Ray class and Julia Y. of Mackerel class won the "Excellent Reader" award for this activity.

"Reading is like dropping in on somebody –dropping in invisibly." Now our textbook teaching has entered the third unit, which is also the reading unit of this textbook. We can learn more reading strategies and use them in our "Whole Book Reading" in future. And our next whole book is going to be Little Hero Yulai. We look forward to our new harvest…