Read Books to Your Students in Half the Time!

When teaching about Egypt, I always enjoyed reading the book Into the Mummy’s Tomb to my fourth graders. With two, 45-minute class periods each week, it was easy to find the time. Then, our time got slashed in half! No time for reading. Must. Make. Art. So, I got tricky and paraphrased the entire book into a series of notes. 



This was actually a blessing in disguise.
Instead of rote reading, students were able to immerse themselves in my own storytelling voice. By telling the story in my own words, it seemed much more exciting. Of course, I left each class period off on a cliff-hanger, and the students just couldn’t get enough!

The next time you want to save time and engage students in a new way, try paraphrasing a book that would otherwise be too long to read and become a master storyteller!


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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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