My 8th grade students are mostly from low-income families and receive free or reduced lunch. They need encouragement and time to develop their reading skills. Providing a wide range of choices for reading is crucial.
Most students do not have access to books outside the school or classroom library.
Reading is not a skill they cultivate for pleasure. Books are not on the list of priorities given their socioeconomic status.
Providing the opportunity to read books from different genres opens the window to so many other adventures-in life and through books. It provides the opportunity to learn and grow beyond their life circumstances.
My 8th graders are not used to reading for pleasure. Most read because they have to. I have issued a 40 book challenge to them that will end in May 2020. The goal is to build confidence and stamina regarding reading. More choices = more reading.
Having a variety of choices enables my students to self-select books that are at their level and of interest to them.
They participated in a "book buffet" and gave the students time to browse many books and then rate them. The books on this list are the ones they were most interested in reading.
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