Book Lovers Together in Reading for Enjoyment

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 17:11

In most classes at SJHS you will hear talking, laughing, and so on.  If you pass by Ms. Tiffanie Miley’s room during seventh period, it will be very quiet, which is just the way the Reading for Enjoyment students like it.  Inside, are students reading whatever books they want.  They join this class simply, as Sara Torsak, a seventh grader put it, because “reading is so fun!”

Ms. Miley, the Reading for Enjoyment teacher, also teaches seventh grade English. According to her, Reading for Enjoyment is similar to seventh grade English because they both practice reading strategies and share opinions about what they’ve been reading.  Courtney O’Halloran, another seventh grader, explained their daily agenda by saying, “We do book talks, a book talk is when you ‘advertise’ a book you recently read, and then we read and at the very end we write a journal entry on what we read.”

According to Joee Lowe, an eighth grader, she doesn’t have enough time to ready during the day, so this is 30 minutes for her to read.  Reading for Enjoyment has been taught in the past, but was postponed for a couple years because of a limited amount of teachers to teach the class, now, book lovers have a class to look forward to!  “Reading is one of my favorite things to do,” said Diana Melendez, an eighth grader taking Reading for Enjoyment.

When it comes to books, it’s impossible to love every book you read.  Everyone has a different personality; therefore, certain books may be more appealing to us than others.  Erika Frischknecht, a seventh grader, said, “The Lightning Thief [series] is so action packed, I loved it!”  While the Lightning Thief series is Erika’s favorite, Courtney loves Inkheart.  She said, “When I read it, it grabbed every bit of my attention and tweaked at my emotions.”  That’s exactly why Reading for Enjoyment students love to read!

Katya Wagstaff, SJHS Staff Writer