The Ultimate Database for First Chapter Friday
As a teacher, one of the greatest joys you can experience is watching your students develop a love for reading.
First Chapter Friday is such a FUN way to get your students excited about reading!
I don’t hear about First Chapter Friday in High School classrooms as much as I do in elementary classrooms, BUT I want to change that and create a resource for high school teachers to use!
I’ve split my list into two sections:
- The Classics
- The Best Sellers and Award Winners
What is First Chapter Friday?
The idea is simple. Every Friday, students read the first chapter of a selected book. (Obviously it can be done on ANY day, and not just Friday)
The brief introduction to the book’s plot, characters, and setting hooks students in and encourages them to continue reading it in their own time.
This approach works precisely because it provides students with a taste of the exciting world that is within the pages of a book.
Using "The Classics" with High School Students for First Chapter Friday
What makes a book "Classic"?
"The Classics" for First Chapter Friday - with audiobook links
Using Best Seller Books for First Chapter Fridays
Using bestseller books for First Chapter Friday is A MUST.
Most of my high school students will recognize the Award Winner Books that I read with them for First Chapter Friday.
Bestsellers are usually right on the pulse of what’s happening now, often striking a chord with students and grabbing their attention from the get-go. They often tackle current themes and big societal issues, creating an environment that helps students think critically and encourages them to consider different perspectives.
With all sorts of genres in the bestseller lists, teachers can find something for every student’s taste. Plus, bestsellers usually have gripping stories, complex characters, and top-notch writing that make reading a pleasure and inspire students to read more on their own.
Introducing high school students to these popular books doesn’t just encourage them to recommend books to each other and spark great classroom discussions, it also helps build a sense of community.
And by bringing bestseller books into First Chapter Friday, teachers can keep up with the latest in literature, bridging the gap between the classics and today’s books, and creating a lively, engaging, and relevant learning environment perfect for high school students.