Megan just started Outliers, David picked up The Maltese Falcon, Enrique's into Founding Brothers and Hanz just finished This Boy's Life. These students are starting to choose what I will challenge all students to choose before year's end: complex books that challenge their reading skill and stamina.
For some, I've started to create what Lesesne calls Reading Ladders. I book talk titles of increasing complexity around topics that interest the reader. I have one student, for example, who recently read Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn. She was interested in the Son of Sam, serial killer aspect of the book, so I suggested Alphin's Counterfeit Son. She went out and got that book and finished it that same week. So then I suggested a few titles written from the antagonist's point of view: Inexcusable by Lynch and Breathing Under Water by Flinn. we looked up which was available in the l library (both), so she headed over to check one out. Here's a reading ladder for crime stories. I'm talking up one or two titles to her at a time.
|Reading ladder ideas for crime and murder.|
I also love to support students as they reach for and read challenging books. Soon I'll be sharing strategy conferences I do with readers to help them climb.
Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear about the titles you and your kids are currently reading!