In the whole class approach, I lead the reading and discussions. I give the students models of how to read for enjoyment and how to dig for depth of meaning. I use this approach because many students still have difficulty and they need encouragement to believe they can think deeply about a book. I have found the best way to encourage this is by modeling the book reading and discussion.
I use books that I have liked at different levels to build this unit. My enjoyment and enthusiastic spirit are soon caught by even the most reluctant reader.