Skip to main content

{hooked} #sol15

The Slice of Life is
hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
Join in and share a slice of your life. 

How is it that I am counting down the days in panic?

There is still so much to do before that last day when we wave goodbye for summer.  Praying that I helped hook my readers into reading to continue throughout the long, hot days of "There's nothing to do ..."

Yet, I was able to smile amid these last stressful days.

You see, a fourth grade student that I work with during intervention time wanted to share a book.

Jaden sat down and immediately opened his book.

"What are you reading?" I inquired.

"Oh, this is a new book that my mom bought for me."  He WANTED to share a book that he is reading.  I encouraged the book talk.  And his friends in the group listened.

"Tell us a little about the book and why you like it so much."

Jaden provided us with a great overview of the book.  We discussed the blurb, and I also shared the summary statement on the inside front cover.  Jaden highlighted everything mentioned in the summary.  A perfect mini-lesson review on summarizing.

After sharing the book, Adam asked to see the back of the book.  He noticed another book cover.

"Oh, that's what I want to read next!  It's the next book in the series.  I can't wait until my mom buys it for me," Jaden informed us.

Yes!  Readers always have an idea of what they want to read next ... this led into mini-lesson review number two.

I was beaming with delight in the moment.  Thinking about my other readers, wondering if they saw the beauty in this book conversation.

Jaden caught my twinkling, dreaming eyes.  "So, are we going to get our five minutes to read?"

"I can't say no after all that!"  During our forty minutes together, when students are arriving, the first five minutes are dedicated to checking in borrowed books, checking out new books to read, or reading a book.

This was the first time Jaden didn't want to miss this opportunity to read.  He is hooked!

And I'm thrilled because he is ready for summer and more reading.



  1. I have been an interentioist, too, and I felt your 'tingles" as I read your post!! I had many small, magical moments like this, too. They are truly wonderful. It sounds like you have done amazing work this year and you have made a huge difference in the lives that you touch. Patty at

  2. Yes, this is such an exciting moment! It's a challenge to keep readers reading over the summer, and it sounds like you've hooked this one! Bravo!!

  3. I love the celebrations of readers getting hooked. I am happy for you and for this young reader.

  4. I can just hear how excited you are knowing that one (and probably a whole lot more) will continue their enjoyment of reading - for the sheer pleasure. Love ya, Mom

  5. That's it! What an awesome moment to have been a part of.

  6. That's one of the ways I knew my Maddie was hooked - when she started begging for the next book shown on the cover! You hooked him!

  7. This IS a much needed celebration during these very stressful last days! May his excitement be contagious!!

  8. Excellent post! I must thank you for this informative read. I hope you will post again soon.
    Literacy Programme in India

  9. Wow! He would be in the seventh grade now!


Post a Comment

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Popular posts from this blog

{40 reasons} #sol15

Slice of Life  hosted  at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life. _____________________________________________________ Today my husband celebrates a big, BIG birthday -- and I'm so lucky and thankful to have spent  the last sixteen years learning about everything that he loves the last (almost) twelve years learning about everything that I love about him the last (almost) five years learning with my daughters why we love our Daddy. Created at _____________________________________________________ Happy, happy 40th birthday Jon!

An Interview with Educator/Momma/Writer Ruth Ayres Celebrating #EnticingWriters + Giveaway!

I love sharing book titles with close friends, so I'm happy you are here! I want to share a book that you must add to your to-be-read list. Ruth Ayres has a brand new book titled  Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers   published by Stenhouse Publishers. It's another must read from Ruth. There are many professional development books available to learn about mastering our craft of teaching.   However, there are only a few that make a true impact -- and this is one book that weaves raw truth, research, practical ideas, and story all in one {cute} little package.  In  Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers , Ruth allows her worlds to collide during the creation:  "In this book, I entwine my three story lines as educator, momma, and writer." (p. 6) And she does this in an amazing way through sharing stories of her family, adoption, children living in hard places -- and doing their best  -- and healing. She shares how we can use research to understand how to

{a gift} #sos

  I read this new book: Grit for Girls and Young Women: Why the Most Difficult Challenges are So Important -- a gift from a dear friend to my daughters. She had no idea what those words did to me. Tears filled my eyes, succumbed to all the emotions of this spring and summer and the year of 2020. Especially, a summer of the not-so-relaxing, let-it-all-go, think-about-nothing kind of summer. But a summer of hearing data, growing concerns, and waiting. waiting. waiting. to hear plans for returning to school this fall. I guess I didn't realize how much I was holding in.  My ten year old daughter, Madison, walked into the room. "This book from Karen is awesome. I can't wait to read it with you. They are full of words that you need to hear, but I guess I did too --"    I caught my breath and asked, "Can I get a hug?" "Why? What's wrong, Mommy?" She pleaded as I walked over to her and we sat together embraced on the couch. I kissed the top of her hea