Friday, November 4, 2011

Put on Your Reading FACE!

Yesterday, I posted about a writing board I have.  Today, I'm going to quickly tell you about a very similar board that I use for reading.  Get ready to, "Put Your Reading FACE On!"

Now, before I go any further with this, let me say that this board is totally adopted from The Cafe Book: Engaging All Readers in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. 

In their book, they use the term CAFE.  In searching the web,  it seems that almost everyone that uses it does a cafe theme.  I had also seen the same set up using the term FACE instead and liked it a lot.  I don't have a cafe theme, so this seemed a better fit.  The Cafe Book is ahhhhmazzzzing!  I highly recommend it for anyone teaching reading.

I did make one small change.  As you can see in the picture below, the "A" originally stood for accuracy. 

Teaching a 5th grade enrichment class, accuracy hasn't been a huge issue.  My friends, for the most part, are advanced readers.  Don't get me wrong, as texts get more complicated we do continue to work on accuracy.  However, I quickly found that my friends really lack experience with non-fiction text.  They LOVE to read, but they don't seem to be overly interested in non-fiction.  We will be doing a lot of work with that this year.  Knowing that, I changed my "A" to Awareness.  It will really help us address non-fiction text structure, among other things.

I use the board during reading workshop almost exactly the same way I use my "Use Your Writing VOICES!" board in writer's workshop.  The big difference is that the FACES board is all about reading strategies.  Yeah, you probably already figured that out!  If you want to know more, you can click on the link above there to find out how both boards function in my room.

Tomorrow, I have another quick post coming on class rewards.  Stop by if you have time.  If not, have a great weekend!


  1. Hi! You recently put up the link to the documents you used for your VOICES chart. Do you happen to have the documents for your FACE chart?

    1. Sorry Anon, I don't have this saved. I just typed it up in Word. The little pictures are just cut-outs from the border that I stuck on. I then laminated the whole thing on the orange and blue paper. It would be really easy to just type the headings up in Word. Then, you can play with fonts and sizes to suit it to your liking.