HOW TO CHOOSE A “JUST RIGHT BOOK”
BRAINWORK – before going to the classroom library I think about…
a topic I’m interested in
a familiar author
a series I’d like to read
I’d like to try something new!
PREVIEW – using parts of the book to help me learn more about it.
read the title and summary (on back or inside jacket)
look at cover an illustrations
read table of contents
TRY IT – check to see if it is easy, just right, or challenging
turn to the first page of the book or chapter and read several pages aloud (quietly)
close the book and retell the part you read
DECIDE – is this book “just right”?
did I read it at a conversational speed?
did it sound smooth?
were there a few (0-3) hard words?
did I understand the story?
If you answered yes to all of these questions then you have chosen a…
Just Right Book!
JUST RIGHT – you understand it well, read it smoothly, only a few places where you have to slow down to figure out a word or think about the meaning.
*books for Readers’ Workshop and school instruction
EASY – fun, relaxing, doesn’t take lots of effort
*read it independently for at home reading time
CHALLENGING – difficult to read, hard to understand or confusing
*have an adult read it to you or with you