I use a sticker chart for students to record the Nene Hopeful books they read. When they finish the book they rate the book as "Good", "Fair", or "Poor" and they place a sticker by their name. Students are required to answer a comprehension question from the librarian. (I have read all the Nene Hopefuls) This ensures the book has been completely read by the student. At the end of the year, students who read the most Nene Hopefuls receive prizes from the library.
I use my Nene Hopefuls collection when I review/teach genre with 4th & 5th graders. I put stacks of Nene Hopefuls on the tables in the library. Before they open the books, we quickly review how characters, setting, and plot help determine whether a book is fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction or realistic fiction. Students then work in groups to apply these definitions/characteristics of genre to the Nene Hopeful books at their tables. They read the book jackets, study the cover art, and read the synopsis. When they share their thoughts, they need to read specific words or phrases from the book that helped them identify the book's genre. Inevitably, they become interested in one or more of the books on the table through their own hands-on exploration.
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