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Reading Promotion Plan

I.

Goals
a. Increase student attitudes toward reading and strengthen literacy
skills through a positive environment of book talks
b. To create a Munching Through Books book club at Swainsboro
High School sponsored by the Media Center that has a presence on campus with
monthly meetings and an online presence that promotes reading to all students at
the school.
c. Encourage students to show social responsibility by participating
in school book talks and in online discussions through Edmodo and to exchange
ideas and contribute questions and ideas
d. Encourage students to collaborate with one another, think
creatively, and use technology to create book trailers to share online
i.

Rationale:

1. Book talks can be a great way to


encourage students to read. In Rethinking Reading Promotion,
authors Chance and Lesesne wrote, Research has demonstrated
that this type of personal introduction to a book is valuable in
helping connect books and readers. Booktalks and book trailers
not only encourage students to read, but they also encourage
students to share their ideas with others. Booktalks and book
trailers also allow students to read and to interact with technology
and sharing applications. Chance and Lesesne also wrote, In this
age of technology, we have repurposed and transformed an old but
effective idea into one that will expand the idea of a literacy
culture that will continue to pay big, and even bigger, dividends.
I.

School Profile- Context and Population


a. Emanuel County Schools
i.
The Emanuel County School System consists of
eight schools. As of the last FTE count there were 293 teachers and 4,664
students within these eight schools. The Board of Education is located in
Swainsboro, Georgia.
ii.

Emanuel County Mission Statement

1. To graduate all Emanuel County


public school students with a meaningful diploma based on
rigorous standards which ensures college and career readiness
delivered by effective highly qualified educators.
iii.

Emanuel County Schools Beliefs


1. We believe education is the
foundation for a better life.
2. We believe learning is a life-long
process.
3. We believe everyone deserves to be
treated with dignity.
4. We believe everyone is unique,
worthy, and capable of learning and achieving success.
5. We believe everyone is entitled to
relevant and productive learning experiences.
6. We believe everyone is responsible
for his/her behavior as an individual and as a member of society.
7. We believe a strong educational
program is necessary for a thriving and progressive community.
8. We believe meeting educational
needs requires the active participation and support of home,
school, and community.
iv.

Emanuel County Goals


1. Goal 1: As a result of a rigorous K12 program all students will graduate prepared to be college and
career ready.
2. Goal 2: All Students will meet or
exceed academic expectations
3. Goal 3: All students will attend
school in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.
4. Goal 4: All stakeholders will share
the responsibility of preparing students to be lifelong learners and
contributing members of the community.
b. Swainsboro High School
i.

Description
1. Swainsboro High School is the
largest high school in the Emanuel County School District. The
school employs 58 full-time teachers, 1 principal, 2 assistantprincipals, 2 counselors, 1 bookkeeper, 4 administrative assistants,

and 6 para-professionals that assist in classrooms. The teacher to


student ratio is 1:17.
ii.

Demographics
1. Total Enrollment: 989
2. Females: 488
3. Males: 501
4. Native American: 1
5. Asian: 2
6. Hispanic: 7
7. African American: 435
8. Caucasian: 544

iii.

Socio-economic Status
1. All students at Swainsboro High
School receive free lunches and breakfasts. Breakfast is served as
Breakfast-to-go between 1st and 2nd periods. Students go
through separate lines and receive on-the-go breakfast items that
they eat in class.
2. The school is a Title 1 School
iv.

Special Education Services


1. Number of students receiving special
education services: 118
2. The school employs 10 special
education teachers.
3. The school offers inclusion classes
and resources classes, whichever is the best environment for each
selected child. Each core academic class is offered for the
following at some point during a school year: honors, regular
education, inclusion, resource, and credit recovery.
v.

vi.

Reading Scores of Target Group


1. Lexile Levels
a. 45% <1050
b. 44% 1050-1260
c. 13% >1260

School Mission Statement:


1. To graduate all SHS students with a
meaningful diploma based on rigorous standards which ensures
college and career readiness delivered by highly qualified
educators.

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Description of Media Center Learning Environment


1. Swainsboro High Schools Media
Center employs 1 full-time media specialist and 1 full-time media
clerk. The media center also has around 5-6 student volunteers that
take turns working in the media center.
2. The Media Center has 5 rows of
shelving of books to be checked out. It has one shelving unit for
references and professional texts. The Media Center has over 3,000
books available for students to check out.
3. There are also 36 desktop computers
in the media center. The media center also has 2 other computer
labs with 36 desktops each. The media center has a coffee shop
where students and staff can purchase gourmet coffee. The media
center also has 6 chromebook carts and 4 netbook carts that
teachers can check out each period. There are also around 40
Nooks students can check out.
4. Existing Reading Promotion
Activities
a. Monthly New Titles
Display
b. Monthly Author
Talks
i.
Throug
h a grant, each month Swainsboro High School
hosts an Author Talk. Around 30-40 students
attend and each are given the authors book to read
prior to the event.
II.

Plan

a. Project Outline
Munching Through Books is a book club that will meet weekly through a blog
discussion and monthly on campus during students lunch time. The discussions will be student
led, however, the media specialist will be present to help facilitate the meeting. The students will
be expected to read the chosen book on their own time. The book club blog will be used as a
discussion board, so students can ask and answer questions as they read through the book.
Students will be encouraged to use the blog at least once a week. The monthly meeting will be
used to discuss major events, themes, problems, and characters from the book. Students may also
share their thoughts on the book and give it a rating. As a culminating activity, students will
create a book trailer, which will be used as an advertisement for the book across the school
campus via morning announcements, school website, and cafeteria TVs.

Munching Through Books will increase students attitudes towards reading by exposing
them to different genres of books. Also, the discussion aspect will allow the students to discuss
any confusion they have about certain parts of the book or share ways in which they can relate to
the characters within the books, which will increase their literacy skills. Book talks are made
easier with the use of technology in our students everyday lives. Thus, by stretching the
promotion from books to other forms including nonfiction, blogs, websites, and even
multimedia, we extend literacy as a part of a larger school culture (Chance and Lesesne, 2012).
b. Details
The book club, Munching Through Books, is open to any student enrolled at Swainsboro
High School. The membership of this club is flexible. Students may choose to join at any time.
Students will be held to school behavior expectations and standards while attending meetings,
both physical and virtual. Students are also expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy for
Emanuel County Schools when working on the discussion board and upon creation of the book
trailer. Librarians have the ethical responsibility to help ensure patrons use the Internet in
acceptable ways (Johnson, 2013). The book club will be advertised at the beginning of the
school year through the use of the morning announcements, flyers, school website, and media
specialist classroom visits. The book club will be continuously advertised and student book
trailers will be used to encourage students to join. Seven books will be preselected from Good
Reads young adult book list. In addition three novels will be chosen from the challenged and
banned book list established by ALA (American Library Association). The media specialist will
give the members 2 books from the YA book list and 1 book from the challenged and banned
book list. Then, members of the Munching Through Books book club will vote on which book
they will read next, although all ten books will have been read by the end of the school year.
Students will be introduced to the next book of the month at the end of the monthly
meetings. Students may read at their own pace, however, weekly discussions will be based on
certain chapters within the book. The chapters for each discussion will be posted on the Club
Edmodo site the week prior to the discussion. Students must participate in the online discussion
at some point within the week. Computers will be available in the media center for use or check
out to ensure that all members have access to the discussion board. Students who have reading
disabilities or struggle with reading may come to the library and read with a media specialist,
media assistant, media volunteer, or another book club member. Students will also have access to
Text-to-Speech software to help them with their reading.
The book of the month will be completed before the monthly meeting is held. The
monthly meeting will take place on the last Tuesday of the month ( The day of the week may be
changed throughout the year due to conflicts). A student led discussion will take place discussing
thoughts on the books major events, themes, characters, student connections with events and
characters, etc. After the discussion students will vote on the title for the next book of choice.
After a brief introduction of the next book, students will begin to work on creating a book trailer
to represent the finished book. Students will have until the following Monday to submit their
book trailer to the media specialist. Students may come to the media center to work on their book

trailers during their lunch, as well as, before and after school. Students may choose to work in
small groups or pairs to complete their book trailer. Collaboration with peers is encouraged,
therefore, solo book trailers will only be accepted under predetermined conditions. The following
week the book club will meet to watch the submitted book trailers.
c. Resources
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and in the labs
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media center
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monthly meetings
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60 books ordered for each monthly book chosen


E-book version ordered for Nooks
40 Nooks available for students to check out
Text-to-Speech Software
Chromebooks available for check out
Desktop computers available in the media centers
Video cameras for students to create book trailers
Video editing software on selected computers in the
Reserved tables and seating in the Media Center for
Edmodo Book Club page

d. Timeline
2016 Fall Semester Timeline
i.
First Week of School: Promote the Munching
Through Books book club on the announcements, on the school website,
post fliers around the school, and visit 1st period classrooms (teacher
permitting) to give students information and fliers about the book club.
The first meeting will be during the third week of school. Students will be
informed of the exact date. Exact date will be chosen once we are back to
school and all events are on the calendar to ensure the date chosen does
not conflict with another event. The media specialist will have selected
books popular teen books and banned books ordered. Students will select
the order in which they want to read the selected books.
ii.
Second Week of School: Continue promoting the
Munching Through Books book club on the announcements, on the school
website, post fliers around the school, and visit 1st period classrooms
(teacher permitting) to give students information and fliers about the book
club.

iii.
Third Week of School: The first Munching Through
Books book club will meet. The media specialist will host a book talk to
entice and hook students into the first book. The Media clerk will check
books/Nooks/ Text-to-Speech equipment out to each students. The media
specialist will explain how students can read at their own pace but how the
discussions will be conducted on Edmodo. The media specialist will also
show students how to sign up for the Edmodo class where they will be
participating in discussions. If time permits, students can sign up for
Edmodo. If students do not have time, they can come in before school
starts or at any point in the day or after school to sign up or if they need
help from the media specialist.
iv. Fourth Week of School: Although the meetings will
be monthly, the media specialist will give a presentation on online
etiquette and model how he/she would compose a discussion after reading
the first weeks pages. The media specialist will also model the steps to
creating a discussion post in Edmodo. After this, a discussion board will
be created for students to ask questions and make comments on. The
media specialist will monitor the discussion board each day to ensure no
one is making inappropriate comments.
v. Fifth - Seventh Week of School: Students will
discuss the book online in the discussion board on Edmodo. The media
specialist will monitor Edmodo daily, contribute when necessary, and pose
questions to students. The media specialist will create discussion boards
for certain pages in the book at different points in the month. During the
seventh week of school the media specialist will start announcing on the
morning announcements and on the school website that the Munching
Through Books book club will meet next week. The media specialist will
also select three books from the list of books ordered at the beginning of
the year to allow the book club to vote on at their next meeting.
vi.
Eighth Week of School: Students will meet during
lunch (the last Tuesday of each month is what we will aim for) and bring
their lunches into the media center to eat and discuss the chosen book. The
media specialist will open up the discussion and then encourage students
to discuss the book. The media specialist will only facilitate the
discussion. The media specialist will then discuss book trailers and show
the students two examples of book trailers. Students will come back on the
following day to sit down with the media specialist and each other to try
and come up with ideas for their book trailer. Students will be encouraged

to work in groups or partners. If a student works individually there will be


an agreement beforehand. The media specialist will rent video cameras to
the students and show them how to work them if necessary. Students will
have a week to work on their book trailer. Students will vote on which
book they would like to read next of the books chosen for the year.
vii.
Ninth Week of School: Students working on their
book trailer will meet the media specialist on Monday to bring in their
footage. The media specialist will navigate them through the video editing
software on selected desktop computers in the media center. Students will
have the entire ninth week of school to complete their book trailer since
most of them have never done this before. Announcements will be made
on the morning announcements and on the school website that the
Munching Through Books book club will meet next week.
viii.
Tenth Week of School: Munching Through Books
book club will meet and view the first submitted (completed) book trailers.
The book trailers will have been posted online by the media specialist
prior to the first viewing. The media specialist will also announce the next
book the book club voted on and host a book talk on the new book. New
discussion boards will also be created on Edmodo for the new book.
ix.
Eleventh- Thirteenth Weeks of School: Students
will read the new book and discuss the book online in the discussion board
on Edmodo. The media specialist will monitor Edmodo daily, contribute
when necessary, and pose questions to students. The media specialist will
create discussion boards for certain pages in the book at different points in
the month. During the thirteenth week of school the media specialist will
start announcing that the book club will meet next week on the morning
announcements and on the school website.
x.
Fourteenth Week of School: Munching Through
Books book club will meet and discuss the second book. The media
specialist will open up the discussion and then encourage students to
discuss the book. The media specialist will only facilitate the discussion.
Students will get in groups or partners to complete the next book trailer.
The same steps will be taken that were previously taken. Students will
have a week to complete the book trailer just as before. The media
specialist will encourage students to work with new groups or partners.
Students will vote on which book they would like to read next of the
books chosen for the year.

xi.
Fifteenth Week of School: Munching Through
Books book club will meet and view the completed book trailers. The
book trailers will have been posted online by the media specialist prior to
the first viewing. The media specialist will also announce the next book
chosen by the book club and host a book talk on the book. New
discussion boards will also be created on Edmodo for the new book.
xii.
Sixteenth Week of School (Thanksgiving Break) Eighteenth Week of School: Students will read the third book and discuss
the book online in the discussion board on Edmodo. The media specialist
will monitor Edmodo daily, contribute when necessary, and pose questions
to students. During the eighteenth week of school the media specialist will
start announcing that the book club will meet next week on the morning
announcements and on the school website.
xiii.
Seventeenth Week of School: Munching Through
Books book club will meet and discuss the third book. The media
specialist will open up the discussion and then encourage students to
discuss the book. The media specialist will only facilitate the discussion.
Students will volunteer to work on the next book trailer and the same steps
will be taken that were previously taken. Selected students will have a
week to complete the book trailer just as before.
xiv. Eighteenth Week of School: Munching Through
Books book club will meet and view the completed book trailer. The book
trailer will have been posted online by the media specialist prior to the
first viewing. The book club will vote on which book of the remaining
books they would like read next. The book club will meet again during the
first week of the second semester in January.
2017 Spring Semester Timeline
xv. First Week of School: Announcements will be on
the morning announcements and on the school website for the next
Munching Through Books book club this week. The meeting will be on
Thursday to give students time to hear the announcements. The media
specialist will host the next book talk and students will check out their
books/Nooks/text-to-speech software to read the next book. Discussion
boards will be created in Edmodo for the next book.

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Second Week - Fourth Week: Students will read the
new book and discuss the book online in the discussion board on Edmodo.
The media specialist will monitor Edmodo daily, contribute when
necessary, and pose questions to students. The media specialist will create
discussion boards for certain pages in the book at different points in the
month. During the fourth week of school the media specialist will start
announcing that the book club will meet next week on the morning
announcements and on the school website.
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Fifth Week: Munching Through Books book club
will meet and discuss their book. The media specialist will open up the
discussion and then encourage students to discuss the book. The media
specialist will only facilitate the discussion. Students will get in groups or
partners to complete the next book trailer. The same steps will be taken
that were previously taken. Students will have a week to complete the
book trailer just as before. The media specialist will encourage students to
work with new groups or partners. Students will also vote from the books
left on which they would like to read next.
xviii.
Sixth Week: Munching Through Books book club
will meet and view the completed book trailers. The book trailers will
have been posted online by the media specialist prior to the first viewing.
The media specialist will also announce the next book chosen by the book
club and host a book talk on the book. New discussion boards will also
be created on Edmodo for the new book.
xix.
Seventh Week- Ninth Week: Students will read the
new book and discuss the book online in the discussion board on Edmodo.
The media specialist will monitor Edmodo daily, contribute when
necessary, and pose questions to students. The media specialist will create
discussion boards for certain pages in the book at different points in the
month. During the ninth week of school the media specialist will start
announcing that the book club will meet next week on the morning
announcements and on the school website.
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Tenth Week: Munching Through Books book club
will meet and discuss the book. The media specialist will open up the
discussion and then encourage students to discuss the book. The media
specialist will only facilitate the discussion. Students will get in groups or
partners to complete the next book trailer. The same steps will be taken
that were previously taken. Students will have a week to complete the

book trailer just as before. The media specialist will encourage students to
work with new groups or partners. Students will also vote from the books
left on which they would like to read next.
xxi.
Eleventh Week: Munching Through Books book
club will meet and view the completed book trailers. The book trailers will
have been posted online by the media specialist prior to the first viewing.
The media specialist will also announce the next book chosen by the book
club and host a book talk on the book. New discussion boards will also
be created on Edmodo for the new book.
xxii.
Twelfth Week- Fourteenth Week (Spring Break):
Students will read the new book and discuss the book online in the
discussion board on Edmodo. The media specialist will monitor Edmodo
daily, contribute when necessary, and pose questions to students. The
media specialist will create discussion boards for certain pages in the book
at different points in the month. During the thirteenth week of school the
media specialist will start announcing that the book club will meet during
the week we return from Spring Break (Fourteenth week of school).
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Fifteenth Week: Munching Through Books book
club will meet and discuss the book. The media specialist will open up the
discussion and then encourage students to discuss the book. The media
specialist will only facilitate the discussion. Students will get in groups or
partners to complete the next book trailer. The same steps will be taken
that were previously taken. Students will have a week to complete the
book trailer just as before. The media specialist will encourage students to
work with new groups or partners. Students will also vote from the books
left on which they would like to read next.
xxiv. Sixteenth Week: Munching Through Books book
club will meet and view the completed book trailers. The book trailers will
have been posted online by the media specialist prior to the first viewing.
Students will complete an interest survey to determine if the book club has
met its goals.
xxv. Seventeenth Week: The media specialist will have a
lunch party at some point during the seventeenth week of school to
celebrate the Munching Through Books book clubs accomplishments
throughout the year.

xxvi.
Eighteenth Week: Last week of school year; no
book club meetings or events (all classes will be taking Final Exams).

III.
Evaluation of the Reading Promotion Plan
Attendance will be taken through a sign-in sheet at every meeting. This will allow us to
see how stable our membership is. If membership shows a steady decline, the media specialist
will rework the plan, ask for suggestions for improvement from current members and teachers,
and increase advertisement to achieve a higher attendance. The online book discussions and book
trailers will also be used as a way to determine effectiveness of the reading promotion plan and
achievement of our goals. Students thoughts and justifications for their thoughts on the books at
the monthly meetings will also be used to determine if our goals have been achieved. At the end
of the year students will take a student book interest survey in which they will be asked how they
feel about reading and what genres they most enjoy.
IV.

References
a. Chance, R., & Lesesne, T. (2012). Rethinking Reading Promotion.
Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 26-28.
b. http://www.emanuel.k12.ga.us/District/BeliefsGoals/tabid/59680/D
efault.aspx
c. http://emanuel2.shs.schooldesk.net
d. Johnson, D. (2013). The Indispensable Librarian: Surviving and
thriving in school libraries in the information age.

Reading Promotion Plan Presentation for Students