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Picture books open eyes of students

Bowman High School hosts literary activities to boost fluency

Posted: May 5, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Jonathan De Leon presents his picture-book project to his classmates at Bowman High School.

 
Bowman High School students recently completed a picture-book unit in teacher Sheryl Samworth's reading class. For the assignment, students focused on two key concepts: literary content and fluency.

Students read picture books that boasted in-depth, high school-level content on topics like the Holocaust and peer pressure.

The students were surprised to find that some picture books are actually written for older readers.

Student Jonathan De Leon said that he felt that this unit was "a fun way to learn."

Every student was actively involved and intrigued by the depth of these picture books.

Student Brittany Ortiz felt that the picture books left her with "a simple and yet very honest feeling - it inspired me."

This unit was an eye-opening experience for many students.

Students also studied fluency, as they were required to read a picture book to their peers. Specifically, students focused on dialogue, tone, volume and overall presentation. Then, students were instructed to bring the characters in the stories to life.

It was amazing to see student who once hesitated to read aloud, read with great fluency and enjoyment.

"It helped me read better to my 2-and-a-half year old nephew," Brittany Tolbert said.

Overall, students learned to read aloud with greater confidence, and they learned to "never judge a book by its cover."
Matt McWatters is a senior at Bowman High School.

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