This week in library, 3rd grade participated in a graphic novel round up, where I pulled dozens of graphic novels, all of which are part of a series, to try to hook them on some new authors and illustrators. 3rd and 4th grade is where I see a bit of a dip in circulation, so anything I can do to keep the students engaged and reading is a win for me.
After a quick discussion with students about the merits and characteristics of graphic novels, he students sat at one of four tables with several graphic novels on them. They each had a paper with a rating system where they could write the book title, give it 1-5 stars, then a quick note about why they liked it for future reference. They had 3 minutes to browse one book (a skill in and of itself!), then they wrote their notes and chose a new one.
Having the students engage with five books in one class is cause for celebration, and cries of “I call dibs on this one!” resounded throughout the room. Almost every third grader who could took a graphic novel home with them. If that isn’t engagement, I don’t know what is!