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A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!

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A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time One 30-minute session daily
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • A collection of books appropriate for the students' interests and reading levels

  • Timer, or some method to indicate the beginning and end of the DEAR period

  • Chart or handouts of Literature Log format and prompting questions

  • Sign-up system for students requesting book talks with an adult volunteer (PALs)

  • Handout and sign-up system for adults working as PALs

  • Mail center, where each student receives mail from others

  • General classroom supplies (paper, pens, and so forth)

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  • Gather books, handouts, and other materials.

  • Customize an appropriate handout of prompts for Literature Logs to fit the needs of your students, using the examples in Websites section.

  • Review both How Can You Help? Your First Days as a Volunteer and Positive Parent Involvement prior to meeting with parents and program volunteers.

  • Explain the program to family adults and other volunteers, and line up PALs to work with students individually.

  • Work through the entire process as a group before proceeding to individual work. Hold a book conference with a student in front of the class so that students are prepared for their own conferences. You might do a short read-aloud book that all students respond to in their literature logs, hold an example conference on that book, and then invite a volunteer to hold a Book Chat in front of the class before students begin working on their own.

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