Jennifer Jackson, media coordinator at Central Davidson Middle School has an awesome reading incentive program called "Reading Ringo". For the full PDF document, see attached below.
Fostering Literacy with Reading RINGO - by Jennifer Jackson
I first incorporated RINGO in my middle school library media center as an expansion of a teacher’s classroom genre activity. Students received a RINGO card laid out in 25 blocks each labelled with a specific genre; they checked their reading progress by marking the corresponding block when they finished a book. 5-in-a-row marked horizontally, vertically or diagonally would complete RINGO.
RINGO adapts easily to a school-wide program with the use of genre specific questions that students can answer online. Our faculty and I initially grounded questions in literacy elements presented by Fountas and Pinnell. This quotation from their book, GUIDING READERS AND WRITERS, became the basis of the Reading RINGO program: “Effective literacy programs foster active, responsible learning. They help students begin to use literacy as a tool that gives them the power to find the information they need, to express their opinions and to take positions.”
As the Common Core Reading Anchor Standards and Literacy Shifts were adopted, we revised the RINGO card to increase interaction with informational texts including magazines and websites. Students are asked to reflect, form opinions and write about the effect author’s choices in the organization and format of the information or vocabulary usage have on the work by referring back and giving evidence from the text in their answers.
The questions are available in Google Forms linked on our Library Media Website for students to complete online. Teachers and media staff can easily verify student responses and initial the corresponding genre blocks on their RINGO card.
A variety of rewards motivate participation in this optional reading program. In one school of 400 students, statistics for one quarter revealed that 137 students attended a “Sundae Sweets Celebration” for earning at least 1 RINGO (5-in-a-row). That equaled 685 individual items read. Forty-seven of these students received prize bags for having multiple RINGOs raising the total items read to 1285.
CDMS Reading RINGO Questions
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