This blog is for teachers, principals, and even parents that struggle with motivating their students/children to read. I have been trying to come up with an idea that would entice our young learners to want to read more, and get together and talk about what they have read. On our campus, we have developed a pretty perfect plan to get students to read more…nominate students to become a part of the Secret Society of Readers.
The Secret Society of Readers is an organization that is TOP SECRET. Students may not join the society, but must be invited. I thought about how religious movements, civil rights movements and most societal upheavals began, and they share common threads, these movements began with small secret groups of people gathered together for a common goal. Today I will share with you the TOP SECRET implementation plan that we will be using with our intermediate readers, you may find yourself ready to accept an invitation to the Secret Society of Readers, if you are brave enough to undertake the challenge…
Secret Society of Readers
Welcome to the Secret Society of Readers. You were nominated to join our secret club for these reasons: you love to read, you recommend books to others, you talk about the books that you read with your friends. Once you accept this nomination to the Secret Society of Readers, you will be on a mission to secretly discover other readers, and persuade them to join the club. Remember that this is a secret club, and not everyone will be invited to join because not everyone is passionate about reading.
Once you decide to join the Secret Society of Readers, you will be invited to attend the secret meetings that are held in the library on Friday mornings between the times of 8:30 to 9:00. Only your parents and teachers need to know where you are going on Friday mornings, these meetings are TOP SECRET, and remember not everyone is invited to attend.
New invitees will be inducted into the Secret Society of Readers by special ceremony. (No cameras or videos allowed, we are after all a secret society.) Upon arrival on Friday mornings you must bring the most current book you are reading, and be prepared to speak with others about your book. You must also sign the secret, sacred SSR reading log. The meetings will be lead by the founders of the secret society, and their identities shall not be named. Founders will travel far and wide to speak to the members. Members should understand the importance of this society, and pass on the love of reading to future generations of people, thus ensuring a literate society for years to come.
Inductees will be given 3 invitation cards to deliver to 3 people, young or old, those cards will serve as an invitation to join the Secret Society of Readers. Remember to choose your candidates wisely, for not all people are “True Readers.” There are many dishonest readers roaming the world, and we only want the most loyal and devoted to be inducted to our secret society. In order to receive an invitation people must: love to read, recommend books to others, talk about the books that they have read with other friends.
The Secret Society of Readers truly hopes that you, as an inductee are prepared to accept the responsibility of belonging to such an important club. You must attend meetings with an open mind and caring heart, and most importantly, keep this society safe from others that might corrupt it. Your responsibility is large, are you prepared to accept the challenge?
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This Secret Society is a fabulous idea. Very impressively creative! Are you OK with another school stealing? How big did the SSR grow? Did the three invite three more invite three more (etc.)? Was the prom the culminating event?
Absolutely use the Secret Society of Readers with your school. Thank you for your compliment. SSR went from maybe 4 invited people to 45 students. Yes, the #BookProm was the end of the year party. This was the best promotion of literacy for our campus. I have never seen such student involvement in a reading program before. I also have amazing partner teachers and parents, you will need a little help running the program once you get started. Good luck Amy! I hope that you have a wonderful year!! -K