Can we read today?

That was literally the quote that welcomed me to class today. I will admit, I was pretty happy. Last Friday we started reading in class. Students could choose any book which related in some way to the US Government and which they had not previously read, fiction or non-fiction, and we had reading time. We munched on popcorn (the popcorn maker was the only technology for the hour) and had about 30 minutes of quiet reading time. Everything from biographies of Abraham Lincoln, stories of the Secret Service, and Vince Flynn were cracked open and it was great to see.  Granted, I have no idea what we’re going to do at the end of reading these books, and I don’t want a reading log (we’re just going for enjoyment), but I do want to find out their thoughts.  If you have ideas, please share!

2 thoughts on “Can we read today?”

  1. Just let them have a few minutes at the end of a class like that to talk about what they’re reading – no requirements, just the opportunity to share their ideas with their peers.

  2. Blog. If I remember, you guys have access to blogger?

    Give them a couple of reflection questions each day and have them spend five minutes writing.

    Or perhaps a quote wall where they add short quotes from whatever book they are reading that relates to something else you are doing in class.

    What an awesome problem to have!!!

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