Reading Power: The Power to Transform

posted Mar 26, 2021, 12:07 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Mar 26, 2021, 12:14 PM ]
Students have been working on the Reading Power: The Power to Transform. 

What is the Power to Transform?
Transform is rooted in the strategy of synthesizing text. Reading a book can sometimes change the way we think about ourselves, others or the world around us. Sometimes, a book can have an impact on the way we think about something, or can alter or adjust our thinking in someway. When this happens, we say that the book has “Transformed” our thinking. Active readers know that when they have finished reading the book, they have not finished thinking about the book. Being aware that reading can change our thinking and reflecting on how a thought we had prior to reading may been “re-arranged” or “re-organized” by something we read is thought to be the highest level of understanding. (Gear, Adrienne. Transform Handout. Retrieved from

We read the book Ish by Peter Reynolds

Our Big Thinking Questions:
What did the character do to make a difference in the world? 
How might this story change your thinking? 
What could you do to make a difference?