How is the shared reading selected?
Short texts such as poetry, articles, essays, short stories are recommended over novels, and especially so when students have a limited amount of time to read. Short texts are as rich for discussion as well as widening one's outlook as novels are, and in some cases more so. Students make associations from the text they read to their environment, be it their family, community, their nation or their world at large. From these associations come interpretations that are uniquely cultural.
Novels take longer to read and can be done if the class schedule allows for it.
There are 2 ways to select shared reading:
- Select shared reading that is new to the paired schools. Short texts are recommended.
- Select shared reading that is part of one school's curriculum if the paired school is agreeable to take on that reading.
What are the different genres of shared reading?
Genres include poetry, essays, articles, short stories, novels. We like texts that provoke thought, have global significance and transcends borders.
Articles can be on current events such as climate change or political issues, or a well written pertinent newspaper article in any part of the globe.
Suggested Texts has a list of curated texts that schools can select from. We are selecting texts that represent authors from around the world. Teachers, please contribute to this by sending your favorite texts to us to share with our global readers and citizens.
Shared reading that grow young minds in positive ways and espouse healthy competition are desired.
How many students participate in a session?
Ideally, 12-25 students on either side is optimal for a compelling discussion.
How long does a discussion last?
What will it cost the school in terms of its time and planning?
Participation in the program has no monetary cost. All that is needed is a book and an internet connection.
Participation in terms of time has some minimal cost. Using short texts like a poem, story or essay minimizes reading time and is effective for discussion. If the students of one school are fully scheduled during a certain period, then they may select shared reading that is part of their school's curriculum as long as the paired school agrees to take on that reading.
How often are the discussions held?
There will be 2 shared reading/discussion(s) in the fall term and 2 in the winter/spring term for each school.
What else are the advantages of this program other than the obvious?
- Access to an international community.
- Opportunity to participate as global citizens.
- Connections for students and schools