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Books in a Middle School Classroom

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Helping students choose books for reading pleasure | Services to Schools. It's only in a library that all children of all backgrounds can freely explore the huge range of books and where they have the freedom to find their own tastes and discover literature at their own pace. — Ursula Dubosarsky, SCIS Connections, May 2014 The school library can do a lot to scaffold students as they look for their just right books. Along with an inclusive, appealing, current and wide ranging collection, you also need: a reader-friendly environment using clear, helpful signage and attractive displays with plenty of face-out display of book covers junior fiction books arranged by series to encourage reading mileage and confidence clear, helpful signage and labels displays on themes, topical issues, new books, read-alikes photos of readers and their reading recommendations. Also look into arranging fiction by genre. This is more user-friendly for students than a long alphabetical sequence, and plays to their reading preferences.

Arranging library fiction by genre. Books for Strong Girls in Middle School. I could have called this list “Books to Help Strong Girls Stay Strong.” In their book Meeting at the Crossroads, Lyn Mikel Brown and Carol Gilligan identify this age — the years between childhood and adolescence — as a sort of critical fork in the road of a girl's passage into womanhood. Throughout their observations of many girls and women, Brown and Gilligan identify a tendency, during this time, for girls “to lose their vitality, their resilience, their immunity to depression, their sense of themselves, and their character.”

No longer children, nor yet adults, pre-adolescent girls struggle with the necessary and important work of self-discovery and expression. Guiding them across this threshold requires open communication and loving support. The books on this list can help us to begin and frame conversations about issues girls might be facing, such as popularity, peer pressure, shifting friendships, and interpersonal conflict. The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2019. This is the fourth year that my students have gathered what they deem the very best books that they read this year and shared their recommendations with the world.

As always we have favorites that seem to pop up every year, but this year we also had a lot of new titles join the mix. As always, I loved seeing what made the cut because I simply could not do the work I do without the help of these incredible books. Some of these are fine for all 7th graders, some are more mature, I am including them all so that you can make your own decision. All parents are informed of the range of books that are present in our classroom library so that students can choose something that speaks to them.

Not all of these books are in my library but are books that the students have found and read independently. It was interesting to see just how many of these books I myself had read and book-talked, as well as how many have been favorites two or more years in a row. Other things I noticed were: A cannon. Mr. Books for Middle-Schoolers Who Struggle With Reading | 9 Books for Reluctant Readers. It can be hard to motivate middle-schoolers with reading issues to pick up a book. One way to engage them is to find books with themes they can relate to at a time when they’re trying to figure out who they are. Here are nine great titles to explore with your reluctant middle school reader. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick The lavish, enthralling illustrations in this book draw readers in right away.

“Hoot,” by Carl Hiaasen There’s nothing like rooting for the underdog to get a kid pulled into a story, and Hoot’s main character gets hit from all sides. “The Underland Chronicles,” by Suzanne Collins Before Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games trilogy, she wrote The Underland Chronicles. “Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Book One,” by Jon Scieszka Jon Scieszka is the author of several great books and series for boys. “Wonder,” by R.J. Six different narrators tell the story of Auggie, a boy who was born with facial deformities. “The Breadwinner,” by Deborah Ellis. Best Middle School Books, As Chosen by Teachers. 9. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry Jonas lives in a society in which the government controls everything: childbearing, careers, marriages. His utopia has sacrificed emotions and uniqueness in favor of a safe and predictable life. When Jonas learns that life could be different, he can never turn back to the life he’s always known. 10.

Ponyboy and his brothers, Darry and Sodapop have a tough life. 11. On a trip to visit her mother’s grave, Sal learns about herself and her family. 12. Is eternal life really that wonderful? 13. Bud Caldwell, is a 10 year old orphan who has grown up in Flint, Michigan. 14. Basketball-loving twins Josh and Jordan find their way through isolation and conflict in this novel in verse by master poet, Kwame Alexander. 15. Melinda Sordino can’t tell anybody why she called the police to break up a party the summer before ninth grade. 16. 17. Parvana is eleven when the Taliban comes to power in Afghanistan. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Luke Garner’s existence is illegal. 14 Top Picks for Middle-Schoolers | Scholastic | Parents.