Share your love for reading by participating in a local library preschool story hour program. Research and observe a preschool story-hour programs, and plan one story hour reading and related activity.
- Essential Questions:
- Why do I love to read?
- How do I help preschool children develop a love of reading?
- How do I use my love for reading to build communication and social skills with the librarians, story-hour participants & their parents?
- Area of study: English or elective
- Type and amount of credit earned: 2 English or elective credits
- Community partner: community librarian
- Reading: comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print & non-print informational texts
- Writing: write to effectively convey ideas for a variety of purposes and audiences
- Research: engage in research/inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information
- Speaking & Listening: purposely, effectively, and strategically make decisions about content, language use, and discourse style
- Prepare, initiate & participate in conversation with story hour attendees by asking for feedback/comments on books read, and ask comprehension questions
- Explore books through play by developing games and/or art projects to conduct with story hour participants
See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.
- Conduct research on the history of community library story hour programs.
- Research the components of a successful community/library preschool story hour.
- Record observations of the story hour and evaluate the program using tenets from the research.
- Use a review site/periodical to create a recommended list of 12 children’s books to review with librarian in preparation for reading during story hour.
- Shadow the children’s librarian during story hour, record observations, and debrief.
- Explore Read Storytime Share to review ways to build in an activity related to chosen book.
- Choose a children’s book, create an activity, and conduct a mock story hour with the librarian.
- Conduct story hour reading and activity.
- Make a video of the story hour reading and activity.
- Record weekly reflections and write final reflection paper.
Student is assessed based on portfolio of work including the weekly reflection journal, a research binder, and a project presentation of the story hour video. To earn English credit, the student presents their project to their English teacher and/or student teachers, English department director, ELO coordinator, and guidance counselor to determine the quality of the project and presentation, and whether student has fulfilled the requirements and earned two English/Elective credits.
This ELO was submitted by Nancy Travers, Winnacunnet High School