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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a brand new book in your hands. Every child deserves to know that feeling and have a chance to experience the joys of discovering a new story. The Student Book Swap project is designed to increase student engagement in reading and promote literacy in the classroom and beyond by encouraging students to read independently.

When students get to choose a book to read from a selection of high-interest books, they are excited to dive into a new story on their own. Encouraging and reinforcing this behavior over the course of the school year will help to build life-long reading habits in our students.

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"Swap" Meet: Introducing Student Readers to Engaging Books

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School:
Southwestern Middle 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Bethany Smith 
 
Heather Henderson 
Students Impacted:
250 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 24, 2017

36% Funded

 

 

Only $355.93 Needed

 

 

Goal

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a brand new book in your hands. Every child deserves to know that feeling and have a chance to experience the joys of discovering a new story. The Student Book Swap project is designed to increase student engagement in reading and promote literacy in the classroom and beyond by encouraging students to read independently.

When students get to choose a book to read from a selection of high-interest books, they are excited to dive into a new story on their own. Encouraging and reinforcing this behavior over the course of the school year will help to build life-long reading habits in our students.  

 

What will be done with my students

Each month, Reading and Language Arts teachers will have an opportunity to reward several students with a ticket to attend the monthly Book Swap. Teachers will select students who may be struggling academically, but have shown improvement or need positive reinforcement. The book swaps will be heavily promoted through the morning announcements, ConnectED messages, teacher announcements, flyers, etc.

At the student’s first swap, they will choose a book to read at home from a selection of high-interest, age-appropriate titles. Students with a previous book swap title can also exchange the book for a new title each month. Selections will include a variety of genres including graphic novels, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, science fiction, realistic fiction, and non-fiction. Students are often engaged by books they can connect and related to, so an emphasis will also be placed on choosing books where the characters reflect the diverse population of learners at Southwestern Middle School.

Once a month, the Book Swap table display will be set up outside the cafeteria in a highly visible area during all lunches. Students with a new ticket or a book from a previous swap are eligible to choose a new book to read from the display. Each month’s Book Swap will also have a seasonal theme, complete with decorations, treats, prizes, bookmarks, and other incentives to encourage students to trade their books regularly. New titles will be added to the selections throughout the year to keep students engaged and eager to try new options. As the year progresses, more and more students will be eligible to participate in the swaps as more tickets are given out throughout the year. At the very end of the year, students will turn in their books for a final prize.

Once a book has been “swapped” several times and is no longer “like-new,” the book will be removed from circulation for the Book Swap and added to teacher classroom libraries. This will allows the books to have a dual purpose and continue to increase literacy throughout the school by growing teachers’ book collections.

Book Swap Themes:
September- “Open the Book on a New Year”
October- “Reading is Spook-tacular”
November- “Fall into Reading”
December- “Unwrap the Gift of a Great Book”
January- “Chill Out with a New Book”
February- “For the LOVE of Reading”
March- “Spring into a New Book”
April – “It’s Raining Books”
May- “Close the Book on a Great Year!”
 

 

Benefits to my students

Increasing a student’s passion for reading and building habits of independent reading are critical to increasing student achievement, particularly for underserved populations. Scholastic’s Family and Community Engagement Committee has found that developing the habit of reading is one of the most important contributors to student academic success. In fact, encouraging avid reading habits has been proven to close the achievement gap for low-income and minority students. However, almost two thirds of low-income students lack access to reading texts at home.

As a result, the book swap program is designed to help build habits of independent reading in the students of Southwestern Middle School and create more text-rich homes for our students. Through this program, we are hoping to see an increase in achievement in the district reading assessments and reading FSA for the students participating in this program.  

 

Budget Narrative

The funds will be used to buy a variety of high-interest texts to include in each monthly Book Swap. The titles will include selections that feature diverse characters to reflect the diversity of the students that attend Southwestern Middle School.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 As Simple as It Seems, Sarah Weeks (3 @ 3.20) $9.60
2 Forge, Laurie Halse Anderson (3 @ 3.90) $11.70
3 The War that Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (3 @ 3.80) $11.40
4 Amina’s Voice, Hena Khan (3 @ 7.05) $21.15
5 Mighty Jack, Ben Hatke (3 @ 6.53) $19.59
6 Ghost, Jason Reynolds (3 @ 3.34) $10.02
7 Patina, Jason Reynolds (3 @ 6.54) $19.62
8 American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang (3 @ 4.95) $14.85
9 Monster: A Graphic Novel, Walter Dean Meyers (3 @ 3.60) $10.80
10 The Land of Forgotten Girls, Erin Entrada Kelly (3 @ 2.85) $8.55
11 Hello, Universe, Erin Entrada Kelly and Isabel Roxas (3 @ 5.35) $16.05
12 Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson (3 @ 3.98) $11.94
13 Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Waterson (3 @ 5.90) $17.70
14 El Defo, Cece Bell (3 @ 4.39) $13.17
15 The Living, Matt DeLapena (3 @ 4.60) $13.80
16 Three Times Lucky, Sheila Turnage (3 @ 3.90) $11.70
17 All the Answers, Kate Messner (3 @ 3.10) $9.30
18 The Night Gardner, Jonathan Auxier (3 @ 3.97) $11.91
19 Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier (3 @ 4.95) $14.85
20 Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova (3 @ 4.95) $14.85
21 The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (3 @ 7.88) $23.64
22 Courage Under Fire, Adam Miller (3 @ 4.58) $13.74
23 The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen (3 @ 4.40) $13.20
24 Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher (3 @ 4.40) $13.20
25 Last Shot, John Feinstein (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
26 Million Dollar Throw, Mike Lupica (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
27 Love That Dog, Sharron Creech (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
28 Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, David Lubar (3 @ 4.40) $13.20
29 Maybe a Fox, Kathy Appelt (3 @ 3.90) $11.70
30 Middle School: Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
31 Real Friends, Shannon Hale (3 @ 5.65) $16.95
32 Stranded, Jeff Probst (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
33 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamb (3 @ 3.80) $11.40
34 The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, Ben Hatke (3 @ 5.65) $16.95
35 Let It Snow, John Green (3 @ 4.95) $14.85
36 Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst (3 @ 4.60) $13.80
37 Watch the Sky, Kirsten Hubbard (3 @ 1.99) $5.97
38 Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk (3 @ 6.20) $18.60
39 Hope was Here, Joan Bauer (3 @ 3.90) $11.70
40 Doll Bones, Holly Black (3 @ 3.66) $10.98
41 Book of Ember #2: The People of Sparks (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
42 Absolutely Normal Chaos, Sharron Creech (3 @ 3.50) $10.50
  Total: $555.93

36% Funded

 

 

Only $355.93 Needed

 

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