This is part two in a series about getting started using novels in her classroom. You can find my post here for Steps 1 & 2 Research and Find Funding.
Novel Basics in Spanish Class
- Step 1: Research – buy & read many novels
- Step 2: Find funding & buy the novels
- Step 3: Organize the novels
- Step 4: Plan for the novels
Step 3: Organize the novels
Congratulations! You have now chosen and purchased class sets of novels. Now that you have worked so hard to get these novels, the last thing you want is for them to go missing! If you are a bigger school some of this may not apply to you, but at a small school I am handed the fresh box of books and I am responsible for taking it from there. These are the systems that I have found that work, but please let me know if you have better ideas!
Novel Organization Basics
Label all books with your school or personal name. Just this summer I ordered a self-inking stamp to mark all of my novels and books for my classroom library. (This is after writing my name in hundreds of new books this year). It was less than $10 with shipping and even if the ink runs out I can use it forever with an ink pad.
my awesome book stamp
- Number all books. I use a sharpie and number the novels on the bottom spine. This way when the books are stacked on a table in number order, it is easy to see which ones are missing.
- Assign each student to a number and RECORD this somewhere.
- The books stay in the room and multiple students may have the same number.
- When students enter class they grab their numbered book and put it back in the specified location before they leave. It works well to have students put their books in order, so a student or myself can check before everyone leaves if a book is missing.
- If you have multiple sections of the same class in a row, it works well to have books that stay on each table or desk. The first class sends one student to get their table’s books, and the last class puts them back.
- You need to make sure you do not assign outside reading or homework where they need the novel, because there are not enough copies for everyone to complete it.
- If a student is absent, they can check out a book to take home to catch up. *Use books that are not checked out to a specific student as loaners, or a student in another class will not have a book for class. I have a checkout log on my desk where students write their name, book title and number, and cross it off once returned.
Enough Books for All Students
- Students are checked out their book and can choose whether each day they leave it in the room in a specified place, or bring it to class.
- I have found that younger students do better with just leaving the books in class. They are guaranteed to be prepared and it is one less thing for them to forget.
- Upper level students tend to like to keep their book with them, and are usually prepared with it each day to class.
- Even if all students have a copy, make sure to have a few loaners for those books that magically disappear and mom brings the book in two years later when cleaning out her now graduate’s closet.
Step 4: Plan for the novels
|Search the novel & click “boards” for tons of ideas!|
- All Novels
- Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro
- Cajas de Cartón
- Felipe Alou
- La Calaca Alegre
- La Llorona de Mazatlán
- Robo en la Noche