Sunday, October 23, 2016

RAPS Report- Isaac Litton Middle School

"In my opinion, it's what school should be like: kids interacting with books that they want to read, in ways that are meaningful for them, with guidance, support, and relevant resources."
- Allison Crandall, Lead RAPS teacher at Litton Middle School

Every Friday morning in North Nashville, a group of excited and dedicated students comes to Ms. Crandall's classroom at 7:30 a.m. to escape into the world of reading before the responsibilities of the school day bring them back to reality. The students take a moment upon arrival to grab a light breakfast snack or a cup of juice before settling into their favorite spots scattered across the room.

The RAPS program at Litton has been going on for a little over a month. Our main focus is to get the students to come to the classroom and read, read anything and absolutely everything. Each month, we highlight a new opportunity for students to interact with their texts- for the month of Septemeber, we focused on book trailers. Below is a link to one example of the hard work that two of our students have done!

For the month of October, we are inviting students to consider starting book clubs with their peers in RAPS, or even their friends that are not a part of the program. Ultimately, we want our students to read and to never lose that passion. Students can choose to not participate in our monthly activities, and they always have the opportunity to revisit them at a later time. Because our students are voracious readers of a variety of genres, we also try to find individualized ideas to spark different kinds of playing with the texts. 

After reading a book from the Star Wars series, this student decided to make a papercraft version of his favorite character. This student is thinking about taking his crafts and  making a short comic/graphic novel following what he read!

We love what are students are imagining, the conversations they are starting, and of course, the books they are bringing to the program. Keep checking in with us through this blog or on Instagram (@vandyraps) where we post weekly updates of all the good things we're doing!

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