Students are reading more. I love it. They are reading more and they are actually enjoying it. Well some of them. But a majority of them are finally reading books they want to read and that interest them and as a result they are finding enjoyment. YES YES YES!! I am thrilled at this. But now we face the battle of getting them to talk about the books they read.
Some bask in the glow of the spot light, and can not wait to get up and talk and talk and talk and….talk about anything and everything. But than you have the shy ones. The ones that would rather crawl under the desk and hide than speak up in class. Well good thing there are other options, and one that fell across my lap recently .
Allow me to introduce LitPick (www.litpick.com) an online service that allows the students to read new releases or not yet released titles, write reviews, and then have their review posted on the site for other users to see. They are in essence becoming a book reviewer. Only they won’t receive payment for it, instead they will be able to keep their copy of the book and have their work published on the world-wide web.
However, LitPick is not just a site for reading, with every review the students write there is a trained editor reviewing their work and editing were needed. Then the editor shares with the student their thoughts and comments, in turn helping to guide the student into becoming a better writer.
This is not a free service and students are not allowed to sign up on their own, they must have an adult signing up with them as well. But there is group pricing for libraries, classrooms, and home schools. And titles are available in both e-book and standard book format. This is a great site to get both active and non active readers finding books that peak their interest, learn about writing more efficiently, and most importantly, learning to be vocal about their reading choices and about any topic in general.
I suggest you check it out. It is a great program.