Why is it Important to Read? Here’s Another Great Reason from Will Smith

Greetings from the Crowsnest. [It is strange working here alone during exam week.] Here is a great introduction to our vacation break. Please read a book—any book—over the Thanksgiving week. There are many reasons why pleasure reading is good for you as a student—SAT scores is just one. And there are many other great reasons to be a reader and prepare for the test of life!  The only requirement for this assignment is that you enjoy the book.  It can be any length; just get into it.  That said, please let me know ASAP if you need help finding a good book.  We’ll start writing small book reviews 5-7 sentences on the first day back of winter term; we’ll then peer-edit them the next day before we post them to the blog.  My goal is that you enjoy your book and get interested in reading other books!  What better source of information to find a good book than your classmates!  We’ll use this as a guide: http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/read.htm

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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2 Responses to Why is it Important to Read? Here’s Another Great Reason from Will Smith

  1. Georgina B says:

    I thought he would’ve said that reading is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge, but instead he says that there’s no problem that someone hasn’t dealt with and solved in books. I think that’s a very good point that I never thought of and isn’t commonly expressed. Definitely something that I will remember.

  2. Kelsey Burke says:

    I like how he tied running into the aspect of reading. He also talks about overcoming the voice in your head and beating that voice and how the hardest worker always wins. He also talked about the one key to life is reading and how it will get a person very far.

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