Step 1: Get to know your students as readers. (Use a reading interest inventory, but be sure to do it as a face to face interview not a written response interview. You can get to know your students much better by talking to them.) Here’s a link to my free one I developed that gets the most out of getting to know student’s “reader qualities”. (click on the link) bit.ly/ReadingInterview
Step 2: Find them great books!!!
How, you ask? Well…you could take a stroll through your classroom library, take them to the school’s library, tell them of books you liked as a child, or even get some help from your librarian. These things are all fine and can work, but over the years I didn’t have great success with any of these methods.
I’ve stumbled upon one that works…would you like to hear more? Two little words…
It’s very EASY! There are QR Reader Apps for both Android (Google Play Store) or Apple Based (iTunes Store). The ones I use are free. So there you have it! Simple-Free-Fun-Effective!!!
How do I locate great titles?
Here are some sites I found that gave me some titles:
Look up your state’s middle grade reader awards. Many states have them or ask your local librarian where to locate it.