As 3rd period filed into my classroom one of my students yelled from across the room, “Hey Ms. M.! Reading is fun! I had no idea!”
I laughed and asked him what he meant.
“Like, it’s awesome. I never knew that before. But last night I took out my book for my 20 minutes of reading and all of a sudden an hour went by. I finished half the book last night! It’s a really great book! I never knew a book could be this good!”
Needless to say, I walked around with a huge smile all day. This is why reading workshop works. This is why requiring students to read every night, instead of filling out worksheets, works.
Oh, and the “awesome book” in question? Gone from These Woods by Donny Bailey Seagraves.