Elementary students (4th and 5th grade) discuss the award-winning picture book Last Stop on Market Street. Personal connections and the examination of various text features highlight a fifteen-minute conversation. During the course of the roundtable discussion, the students dig into several types of decisions made by strong readers.
Teachers and parents of young children might enjoy the depth of the connections made by these readers. Additionally, as the host, I try to allow the students the room to talk and share their perspectives. The conversation isn't about any right answer as much as it is about the joy of talking about books.
By the time I get kids like these four in the 8th grade, many state that they have lost the love of reading. They point to stress and homework. They report a loss of time. By the time children grow into adolescence, they report not knowing how to find time to read.
Clearly, listening to these four students, children love reading. I hope that these four come and see me in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and report that they still love reading...and share the books that they have loved along the way.