4PCC LibraryAs part of the JCSP Demonstration Library Project, a library was set up in PCC in the summer of 2002.There are now 30 JCSP libraries, each staffed by a professional librarian.PCC Library currently has 6,873 items and is expanding rapidly.
6Today I will look at:How to select reading material for JCSP studentsWhat types of reading resources are availableWhere to source the materialSome suggestions for using your resources
7Selecting Reading Material Take time to select books and other materialsSurvey your students – ask them what subjects they are interested inIf you are setting up a reading corner you could actively engage the students in choosing books – trip to local book shop, asking other students what they would like, looking at book suppliers catalogues and websites.Beware of donations! Students will not want to read old, dirty or tatty books.Important to select both fiction and non-fiction. The most popular books in PCC library are non-fiction.Boys prefer fact based books
8Don’t be too precious about so called “good books” or “classic literature” JCSP students will generally have lower reading ages. Look at Hi – Lo books (High interest, low reading age)Consider buying series of titlesConsider a variety of materialsGraphic novelsReadalong booksAudio booksLiteracy/numeracy gamesMagazines and newspapers
9Purchasing Books No VAT on books in Ireland Look for a discount – between 10% and 20%Free deliveryBe sure to order laminate covers. Usually available between 50c and €1 per bookSupply as much information as possible e.g. ISBN, title, author etc.Use catalogues and order forms
10Purchasing Books Keep track of orders online. Books may take some time to be delivered as your supplier may have to source them from companies in the UK or the title may be out of stock. It usually takes anything between 2 weeks and 2 months for books to arrive.Let your students unpack boxes and stamp or label books. It can create interest and excitement.Shop around – great difference in prices
11Some 3rd year JCSP students unpacking and stamping new books
12Hi – Lo publications Barrington Stoke www.barringtonstoke.co.uk GO! for 11+ reading age 6 Entry level fiction for struggling secondary studentsSolos Fiction for 10-14s reading age 6.54u2read Fiction for 9-12s reading age 7gr8reads Fiction for reading age 7Fiction for 9-12s reading age 8Fiction for 12+ reading age 8Reality Check Non-fiction for 10-14s reading age 8Fiction for 14+ Reading age 8Many Barrington Stokes titles are dyslexia friendly with clear fonts and off-white paper.We use their titles for individual reading and also for group reading (class sets)
13Examples of downloadable resources from the Barrington Stoke website
14Evans Publishing Group ShadesSharp ShadesGraphic NovelsGo for it!
15Ransom Publishing www.ransom.co.uk Many titles come with teachers books containing lesson plans and photocopiable worksheetsGoalBoffin BoyCutting Edge (Interest Age Teens & Young Adults | Reading Age 12+)Trail Blazers (Interest Age years | Reading Age years)
16Robinswood Press Rising Stars High Interest SeriesComes with Teachers HandbookRising StarsThe Jags - series available in paired reading packs.Very popular with first year boys
17Badger Publishing www.badger-publishing.co.uk First Flight 1 & 2 20 titles Hi-lo fiction and non-fiction books spot-on for boys. Reading age 6-6.5, interest age Full Flight titles Hi-lo fiction and non-fiction books spot-on for boys. Reading age 7.5-8, interest age Dark Flight 10 titles Hi-lo fiction books with a darker edge. Reading age 6.5-7, interest age Rex Jones 8 titles Accessible superhero stories. Reading age 6.5-7, interest age
18Audio Books and Readalong For quiet reading and to encourage pure enjoyment of being immersed in a story, audio books are invaluable
19A few ideas for using your books... Reading aloud individually or as part of a groupQuiet readingBook reviews (fiction and non-fiction)Written, oral, videoReading JournalReading Initiatives (reading challenge, millionaire etc.)Using the book as the basis for creative writing
20Sample written activities for students to use with a class set. Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles.Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".Write a letter to a character in the book.Write a different ending for your story.Make a list of character traits each person has.Interview a character. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.Pretend that you are going to join the characters in the story. What things will you need to pack? Think carefully, for you will be there for a week, and there is no going back home to get something!Write a multiple choice quiz of the book with at least ten questions.Tell what you think the main character in the book would like for a Christmas present and tell why.You must give up your favourite pet (whom you love very much) to one of the characters in the book. Which character would you choose? Why?Write an ad for a dating service for one of the characters.Write the plot for a sequel to this book.
21Suppliers The Book Nest Unit 9ACleveragh Business CentreSligo, IrelandTel:Fax:Contact person: Mr. Frank KellyImprint Educational Books / Evans Publishing Ltd.28 Sandhill Gardens,Belfast,BT5 6FFMobile (IRL):Mobile (UK):Contact person: David McGinty
22International Education Services Weston Industrial Estate,Salmon Leap,Leixlip,Co. Kildare Telephone - (01)Very good website.Category for reluctant readersLists all recent awards in children's literatureSurgisalesS.T.A. Ltd.,252 Harold’s Cross Rd.,Dublin 6w. Phone (01)Fax (01)Comprehensive range of literacy and numeracy resources. Also special needs.
23Comics and Collectables Carroll Education Ltd.Caroline MeaneySales RepresentativeClare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon & Donegal(087)Books, literacy and numeracy software and support materials. Particularly good for games and puzzles. Also maths and science equipment.Comics and CollectablesCourtyard Shopping Centre,Letterkenny,Co. Donegal.(048)Suppliers of graphic novels, comics and related materials
24Some useful websites www.lovereading4kids.co.uk Recommendations of books for all ages and for reluctant/struggling readersWill with latest newsInvaluable website. Useful for checking ISBNs and publisher information.Useful for making word searches and other puzzles