I love the way Kittle has decided to organize her classroom and was thinking along the same lines possibly for library sections even though I know that would pose a huge challenge. Teaching both AP students and regular English 2, I have a very diverse group of readers which I think would more readily choose books organized by theme. They know, for the most part, what topics they would be interested in reading. This type of organization could potentially open their eyes to topics they have not before read.
I also appreciated the points Kittle made about reading for experience and so we can imagine strength. This makes me think back to the books I was read when I was little, especially the ones where the protagonist overcame major obstacles. We use books to teach our children when they are little (at least those who read to their kids), we should instill that desire for them to continue reading for themselves!
Kittle included the structure/schedule for her classroom at the end of chapter four. Its interesting she makes a point to do book talks every day. I hope to get better at doing them so I can inspire students to read varying texts. I am intrigued to look at Write Beside Them so I can see what her writing workshop looks like.
The challenge of creating an appropriate classroom library seems daunting to me. But I do love the thematic arrangement she offers. I think color-coding spine labels will help me be "ok" with them not being in alpha order or whatever. :)
I am very interested in the way she structures her class time. I guess I kind of doing something similar, but without the reading time. I am game for trying it!
We're here to exchange ideas and ask critical questions to get the most our of our book discussion.