My biggest challenge with my students is providing quality books for my struggling teen readers. They are reading 2-4 grade levels behind. My students come to school lacking motivation to succeed and feeling frustrated. The challenge comes in when providing engaging high interest books.
My students are in an intervention class and need edgy, contemporary youth fiction that appeals to their interests and will spark their interest in reading, but with low readability.
My students are required to read 30 minutes every night. Most of my students do not have library books or access to books.
Many of my students experience family homelessness, and sometimes owning a book that they truly can relate with the characters is a great comfort.
It is important to integrate several reading strategies as we read aloud .
The students are so involved in the book they really listen and internalize the reading strategies as interjected into the reading. Finding the right book is a key in remediation of reading difficulties. The book that I have chose is written from two points of view. This leads to a lot of great discussions on families and survival. Most discussions are going beyond the text and leads to a lot of inferential examination.
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