Here's one of the graphic organizers I created that they'll be using:
TpT store and you can download it for free. I'll post more once I get this whole thing together. I want to push this group of kids, and I want them to have fun along the way. Now there's a concept....
But I digress..... So instead of working on this project, I was checking out some blogs and came across this post which is near and dear to my heart. Getting boys to read can be a challenge, and in sixth grade, I use this line a lot: "It's okay to be cool AND smart." And the boys smile, but they know I'm going to keep trying until I find a book that's the right fit for them! Courtney at Swimming Into Second was talking about what books her second grade boys like to read. And that got me thinking about my boys, especially my more reluctant readers.
So, here are some books I've found that have really grabbed my 11-year olds.
The most popular series this year has been the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. I can't keep these books on my shelves. Alex Rider is your basic James Bond type without the women and the alcohol. He has more adventures in one book than most of us have in a lifetime. And he has the really cool spy stuff. Boys love him!
I wasn't so sure about this series at first, because it has some scary elements. But when one of my most reluctant readers wrote in his journal...."I used to hate reading, but now that I'm reading Skeleton Creek, I might have to change my mind." Well, let's just say that went a long way towards convincing me. This series combines reading with short video clips - you go to the website printed on a particular page, type in the ID and password and watch the video which moves the story along.
Each book in this series is written by a different author; it's about two orphaned children who discover that they are members of one of the most powerful families in the world. On their beloved aunt's death, they learn they can take one million dollars and walk, or start to solve clues to discover where the family's huge sum of money is. With a babysitter in tow, they galavant all around the globe, and their adventures are fun for all kids to read. This is a good series for boys for whom the Alex Rider series is a little too hard.
IThis is a new book, and I've had only a couple of boys read it so far, since I finished it, but then I've only had it on my shelves for a short time. The boy who just finished it today is not nearly as strong a reader as those who've read it before him; he started reading it before Christmas. But every couple of days, he would walk into homeroom to show me how much he'd read the previous night. Or he'd tell me some exciting part that he'd really enjoyed. The look of enjoyment on his face thrilled the heart of this Reading teacher!
And finally, here's a series that I think I've enjoyed as much as my boys have. This is the story of Will, a young orphan boy who wants more than anything to become a knight, but instead is selected to be a ranger, part of a secret group of men who protect the king and his kingdom. Reads like something out of the Middle Ages, it has enough adventure and battles to keep most boys satisfied.
Are you getting the idea that I could talk and talk about this? Time to put this blog to rest! What books are your boys reading? Share, please!