Choosing a Good Book

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Students need to remember four basic questions when choosing a new chapter book.

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Choosing a Good Book

  1. 1. How Do I Choose a Book? Questions to Ask Yourself 1. What kind of book do I want? 2. What do I want the book to be about? 3. Does it need to be AR? If so, what is a good level? 4. Do I get a thick book or a thin book?
  2. 2. What kind of book do I want? I want a FICTION chapter book…… Fiction chapter book? Informational book?
  3. 3. What do I want the book to be about? <ul><li>Mystery? </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Fiction? </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic Fiction? </li></ul><ul><li>Animals? </li></ul><ul><li>Science Fiction? </li></ul><ul><li>Prairie? </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas? </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy? </li></ul><ul><li>Tornadoes? </li></ul><ul><li>WW II? </li></ul><ul><li>Sports? </li></ul><ul><li>Magic? </li></ul><ul><li>Humor? </li></ul>I want a MYSTERY book……
  4. 4. What is a good reading level?
  5. 5. - Example Reading Ranges - 3.5 4.5 5.5 4.1 5.0 6.0 6.1 7.7 4.5
  6. 6. - Reading Ranges - Bottom of Range Middle of Range Top of Range It’s okay to read below your ZPD sometimes Independent Reading This where it is comfortable and fun for you to read. Instructional Reading This is where your teacher will have you reading during your reading group. Challenging Reading You will need extra help at this level. It takes extra concentration to read here.
  7. 7. - Example Reading Ranges - 3.5 4.5 5.5 4.1 5.0 6.0 6.1 7.7 4.5
  8. 8. This is what I know so far… 1. I want a fiction chapter book.. 2. I want it to be a mystery… 3. I want it to be AR… so it needs to be about a 3.5… There is still one more question I need to answer…
  9. 9. Do I get a THICK book or a THIN book?
  10. 10. - Points for Books - Points (The fewer points) Number of Words (The fewer words/pages) Points = 7 Pages = 233 Points = 16 Pages = 523 Points = 0.5 Pages = 30 Points = 0.5 Pages = 64 Points = 10 Pages = 314 Points = 32 Pages = 734 Points = 5 Pages = 201 Points = 3 Pages = 182
  11. 11. - Fewer Points – thin books - More Points – thicker books <ul><li>More challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Must be willing to devote more time to reading </li></ul><ul><li>More details to remember </li></ul><ul><li>May have up to 20 questions on the quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Less challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Better if you are a slow reader </li></ul><ul><li>Choose if you are reading a higher level </li></ul><ul><li>Likely 10 questions on the quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Choose if you are reading a lower level </li></ul><ul><li>Not as many details to remember </li></ul>Can you read the book in two weeks or less? If not, get a book with less points.
  12. 12. Okay, NOW I have all the information… 1. I want a fiction chapter book.. 2. I want it to be a mystery… 3. I want it to be AR… so it needs to be about a 3.5… <ul><li>Since I am a slower reader, I want to get a book between 2 and 5 points. </li></ul>
  13. 13. PERFECT! Thanks Mrs. Wollenberg!

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