Every year Darla school observes Reading Week, and this year too, the reading week commenced from 12th to 17th September. The school organized a-week long series of activities to enhance reading and to understand the importance of reading and the infinite benefits it facilitates in their growth in academics as a student and as a better human in their individual and social life. The theme of this year’s reading was “Dream Big, Read More.” During the week some special reading activities like readers’ theatre, selected reading, random reading, mass reading etc were initiated so as to facilitate opportunity for more students to take part in the reading activities and thereby develop and inculcate an interest of reading within them. Some activities carried out as a part of reading activities are described below:
Readers’ theatre was conducted as a competition item between the sections of grade PP-III. It was interesting to see the tiny tots of our school presenting themselves as little narrators and various fanciful characters in their creative costumes and attire as kings, queens, butterflies, birds etc. Their babbling speeches and sing song narrations did create an effective ambience and were appreciated by everyone. The presentations were evaluated based on the creativity and coordination and prizes were awarded accordingly.
This reading activity was conducted for students of classes VII – X to check their ability to read Dzongkha and English fluently and their preparedness and confidence to speak before an audience. They were instructed beforehand to be ready with two passages, in English and Dzongkha, and read it out as the coordinator of the day randomly called out their roll numbers in the assembly. The activity went well as we planned and had the desired result.
This activity was for the students from classes IV – VI. Some of the students who were identified by the teachers concerned read out either pieces of news or interesting information they wanted to share with their fellow students in the assembly. This activity was also successful though many of the students who came forward couldn’t be permitted to present their reading due time constraint in the assembly.
A mini quiz of two questions related to books and reading was also initiated to evaluate the students’ awareness of popular books, writers and some common literary terms. And prizes were awarded instantly to the winners.
As on every Friday, two students presented reviews of an English and a Dzongkha book. The reviews are helping the students to get acquainted with the interesting books in the library and rouse their curiosity to read them.
To facilitate more time for general reading, an hour was created, on Thursday, by deducting five minutes from each period. So, after the instructional hours all the students and teachers came out to the open, settled in conducive places and read books of their choice for an hour.
We are very happy to note here that all the activities we had envisaged went well, leading this year’s Reading Week into a grand success. It is hoped that our plans for such activities in the future will also meet with the same grandeur and success. Some stills of reading week: