Reader¶s read for enjoyment, for vicarious experiences, to find yourself, to understandissues as well as for aesthetic purposes just like readersdo throughout their lives. (Fountas p 9)Since I am convinced reading for enjoyment benefits my students on their path to becoming lifelong readers, I will encourage my students to read books that interest them duringmy class. I willallow them to choose they book they want to read during independent reading.However, I will help them develop their tastes in books by making reading recommendations based on what I know about their past reading experiences and what interests them.Inorder to for me to make well informed book recommendations my students will enjoy,Iwill ask my students to complete an Interest Surveysimilar to the one Donalyn Miller suggestsin
The Book Whisper
. These surveys will provide me with information on what interests mystudents both in and out of school.Since reading for enjoyment should not be an anxiety filled event, I will not attach any performancerequirements on to this type of reading. I want my students to enjoy reading and notworrying about what they need to know for an assignment.Additionally, I will encourage students to be lifelongreaders because reading changesyour life. I will encourage my students to read throughout their lives because reading unlocksworlds, helps you escape the confines of your world, and enables you to pursue your owneducation. Additionally, books can show students how to be better people.In order for my students to take advantage of these possibilities, I will provide mystudents with access to various booksabout different people, events and places in my classroomlibrary.