Now, I am not talking about a vote of any kind; I am going to offer three texts. One aimed predominantly at females, one at males and one more ambiguous text. Once pupils have chosen their text, I am going to set them up as reading buddies. I want pupils to engage with the texts that they are reading; I believe that choice is the way forward with this.
At the beginning of the scheme, pupils will agree reading targets with me; they will be expected to complete a certain number of pages each lesson but with their buddies, rather than as a class. Each session I will teach them specific reading skills which they will investigate during their reading sessions. I want to give them the freedom to explore their book choices to help them to engage texts on a more personal level. Speaking and listening skills will also be developed as pupils share their book experiences with the class. They will also reflect through a personal reading record blog.
Through this approach, I hope to encourage both girls and boys to be more engaged by the texts that they have chosen; I hope to develop their skills in target setting, team work and self management. I want to motivate pupils to read for pleasure rather than force them to engage with my choice of class reader.