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Support for students faced with wide choice of reading material in the library

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  1. 1. Help!<br />What shall I read?<br /><br />
  2. 2. In the Library<br />When faced with shelves and shelves of books, how can I make a good choice?<br />
  3. 3. I know what level I am reading in the classroom, and I know my AR level.<br />But what about the library?<br />
  4. 4. When a book is assigned a reading level, this is what it is based on:<br /><ul><li>Length - the number of pages, the number of words, and the number of lines on the page.
  5. 5. Layout- Font size, position of text and illustrations, space on the page.
  6. 6. Plot – simple or complex? Order of events? Repetition?
  7. 7. Illustrations
  8. 8. Words, phrases and sentences
  9. 9. Content and Theme</li></ul><br />Pinnell, G.S. Matching books to readers<br />
  10. 10. What can I do?<br />When you make your choice, you can flip through the book, check the number of pages, look at the font size, and at how the words and illustrations are set out on the page, read the blurb, ask a friend for a recommendation and then make your choice.<br /><br />But you don’t have to do this alone……………<br />
  11. 11. In the library, there are ways to get help:<br /><ul><li>Your librarian will help you choose
  12. 12. Your friends may make recommendations
  13. 13. The OPAC may tell you the level of a book</li></li></ul><li>There are other aids you can use:<br /><ul><li>Can it be for me?
  14. 14. The five finger test
  15. 15. The Goldilocks test
  16. 16. What are my rights as a reader?</li></ul>You can use these on your own, <br />or you can discuss them with a <br />friend, your librarian, your Mum <br />or Dad, or your teacher.<br />
  17. 17. "CAN IT BE FOR ME"<br />Cover, <br />Author, <br />Number of pages, <br />Illustration, <br />Title , <br />Book blurb, <br />Excerpt <br />First page, <br />Opinion of others (awards, reviews), <br />Reverse (back of title page <br />My friends, <br />Entire book <br />(credited to Mary Akers, LM_NET List Serve)<br />
  18. 18. The Five Finger Test<br /><br />
  19. 19. The Goldilocks Test<br />“Too Easy” books 1. The book is short . 2. The print is big. 3. You have read the book before. 4. You know all the words in the book. 5. The book has lots of pictures. <br />“Too Hard” books 1. The book is long. 2. The print is small.<br />3. There aren't many pictures in the book. 4. There are a lot of words that you can't figure out. 5. There's no one to help you if you get stuck. 6. You don't know much about this subject. <br /><br />
  20. 20. "Just Right" books <br />1. The book looks interesting. 2. You can figure out most of the words in the book. 3. Someone has read this book aloud to you. 4. You have read other books by this author. 5. There is someone to give you help if you need it. 6. You know something about this subject. <br /><br />
  21. 21. The Digital World<br />The internet gives you access to pages and pages of information. Remember that the same process should apply when using online resources.<br /><ul><li>Apply the 5 finger test
  22. 22. Use the Goldilocks principle
  23. 23. Ask the librarian to show you ways of finding useful information, and then to help you to use it.</li></ul>Ask yourself:<br /><ul><li>Is this website right for </li></ul> me?<br /><ul><li>Do I understand it?
  24. 24. Is the information </li></ul> what I need?<br />
  25. 25. Magazines<br />You have access to many magazines and periodicals through the library.<br />How many titles have you tried?<br />Use the same skills for choosing magazines as you do for books, and enjoy some different reading material!<br />
  26. 26. Audio books………CDs and Playaways<br />Sometimes listening to a book gives you the opportunity to enjoy a title that might still be difficult to read…….try listening for 5 minutes, and then make a judgement!<br />Listen in the car<br />Listen while you exercise<br />Listen before you go to sleep<br />Listen while you do your chores <br /><br />
  27. 27. As you look for a book, remember that you have rights as a reader!<br /><br />
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  31. 31. Finally, remember that:<br /><ul><li>the library is there for you! It is a welcoming space – come and make yourself comfortable.
  32. 32. the library staff is there to help you
  33. 33. the most important thing is to enjoy what you read
  34. 34. If you don’t enjoy it now, </li></ul>wait six months and look <br />again<br /><ul><li>Discuss what you are </li></ul>reading with your friend, <br />your librarian, your Mum or Dad, your teacher<br />