Illustrations are a very good way of getting students more interested in reading, especially for those who have difficulties with it.
You can select picture books to read with the students during reading hour and show them how the illustrations and words tell the story. To use picture books you can:
-tell the story as the pictures illustrate it and then ask students to draw their own illustrations to incorporate into the book
-arrange the students into groups and asking each to tell the story being told through the illustrations their book has as they show them to the rest of the class
1. By writing, students give depth to their reading experiences and start to relate what they read to what they live and experience for themselves. You can invite your students to keep a reading journal. This journal would be used all year long. In it, you could ask students to write about what most interested them about each chapter in the book they are reading, focusing on connecting that to an experience they may have had or what they would do in a similar situation. Then, you can ask them to share what they write during reading hour.
2. For students, a way of recognizing the importance of reading is by becoming authors themselves and experiencing their own creativity.
You can use reading hour to do activities that go with this theme like:
-rewriting a story in a class setting
-rewriting the end of a story and changing the main character's destiny
-writing poetry in a specific structure
-writing a letter to the author of a book they liked proposing ideas for a sequel