I also struggle with my kids over the 'Just Right' reading requirement! We use a leveling system called 100 Book Challenge at my school, which levels in grade-wide swaths by the upper elementary levels. I usually find that my kids want to read books that are too challenging for them because their friends are reading harder books, and they are embarrassed. We do a lot of community building surrounding book choices, and I am trying to get kids to recommend to each other more so it doesn't just come from me. I definitely feel your struggle, though... I look forward to more of your great ideas!
I think it is most challenging for the kids who love math/science and not reading so much- and they delve into non-fiction even a little begrudgingly. A few, I can tell, are reluctant about fiction, though they are gifted students. Yet sometimes gifted means that students are immensely strong in a specific area and are reluctant about other areas. How do you use community building in helping the students to make book choices? - Victoria
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