Addressing Text Complexity - Making Independent Reading Meaningful

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Many English teachers dream of a classroom full of readers silently enjoying their books. A useful guide helps make that dream become a reality by providing book recommendations for a range of readers. Each suggestion includes the recommended age and grade level, along with a short summary to help readers choose a text with appropriate complexity and interest level.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Hold a book walk where learners walk around the room and look at a range of titles before choosing one to read
  • Create a bulletin board of the options in the guide to spark interest in the texts
Classroom Considerations

  • Shares resources for grades five through eight
Pros

  • Groups books by theme
  • Provides suggestions for building independent readers
Cons

  • Only recommends texts found in the Penguin collection