6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids

Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work.

riveting ways to make reading and writing

In today’s show, librarian Margo Janzi has a wealth of ideas. Additionally, she also talks about getting out of her comfort zone. Not only can you use robots, green screens, and iPads to excite kids, but you can use some more traditional ideas in new ways. Remember that there’s no match for the creative librarian and teacher. In conclusion, it is our job to inspire and encourage reading and writing. This inspiring show will get you started.

Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes 

Today’s Sponsor: Write the World

Write the World is a fantastic free tool to encourage writing in your classroom. Not only can teachers run writing contests but they can also assign classroom writing prompts. Also, students can join the monthly contests and global writing prompts with other students around the world. Furthermore, Write the World has a schedule of their writing prompts for the year. So, when you’re planning, include these cool contests.

Write the World is a powerful, fun community for writing. Even more importantly, the site is easy it is to use.

Make writing exciting this year in your classroom. There’s no cost for teachers to join with their classrooms.

Writing Competitions

Given all these benefits, I recommend this site for writing teachers of students aged 13-18. So, join Write the World and get kids excited to write!

Show Notes:

  • Can therapy dogs be used in reading programs?
  • What is the format of a successful “lunch bunch?”
  • How does Margo target students who may not love reading to get them excited?
  • What is a book trailer?
  • How does Margo help kids make book trailers?
    • Doink app
    • Publishing: Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo
  • Do robots have a place in a library? (And how did she use them to celebrate Beverly Cleary’s birthday?)
  • How does Margo get students excited about writing?
  • What happened when they published books?

Who is Margo Jantzi?

Margo Jantzi is a teacher librarian at a Title I school with 630 students in PreK-Gd. 5. Her passion is to inspire students to read widely, think deeply and act kindly.

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