My students need 10 subscriptions to the magazines Scholastic Action, Scholastic News, and Science Spin to exercise their non-fiction reading skills.
Think about all the types of reading you do every day: newspaper articles, emails, menus, signs, books, and blogs. The list is endless. As adults, most of the reading we do every day is non-fiction. Why then, are we not doing more to introduce students to high-quality non-fiction texts?
I always encourage my students to choose books that interest them.
Fortunately, my students find the types of books they love to read. Unfortunately, my students can sometimes get "stuck" in one particular series or genre. For most, that genre is fiction because fiction is the only genre they know. Too often, well-meaning teachers and parents push their struggling students to read fiction. This tactic is usually based on flawed assumptions: (1) kids like fiction better; (2) struggling readers lack the background knowledge to read non-fiction; and (3) kids think non-fiction is boring. However, none of these assumptions are true. My challenge is to broaden my students' reading horizons. Many of them have no idea there are texts written just for middle schoolers, about events and ideas they will find interesting. The first step to getting my students hooked on non-fiction is to introduce them to high-interest non-fiction texts that are on their reading level.
Scholastic magazines are some of the best non-fiction texts available to middle schoolers. The articles are challenging, and they deal with serious themes in ways that are appropriate and engaging for kids in this age group. Scholastic News (Grade 4) is perfect for my 5th and 6th graders who struggle the most. The articles will be challenging, but they are the perfect length and difficulty for my students to try out their non-fiction reading skills (with a little help from me). Scholastic Action is a magazine tailored to my 7th and 8th graders who are behind in reading and often struggle to find texts that are of interest to them. The articles deal with big themes that capture these students' budding interest in the world around them.
I love to read fiction, and I want my students to love it, too.
But, they need to love non-fiction. The skills required to read non-fiction are the same thinking skills students will use every day for the rest of their lives. As much as any other academic skill, the ability to read non-fiction at a high level will determine my students' educational outcomes and life trajectory. Help me put them on the right path by putting high-quality, high-interest non-fiction into their hands and minds.
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|Scholastic Action, Grades 6 - 12, Reading Level Grades 3 - 5 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$8.50||10||$85.00|
|Scholastic News, Grade 4 + Science Spin (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$5.48||10||$54.80|
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