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How do you give exposure toward reading in your family? My husband and I love reading a lot. I love reading both fiction and non fiction books. As there isn't any library opened for public here, I love collecting books to queue in my reading list. My husband loves kungfu stories a lot.
Unfortunately, it doesn't happen to kids. They will read after we ask them to. Their reading enthusiasm is not as high as ours. It is not a good news which gives us an option to choose to or not to read. For us reading is a must. Reading gives a lot of input for our perspective. Therefore, as they need more encouragement in reading, we try to get more books which are suitable with them.
It was very lucky that I heard an information that Becky Spence has just launched her book last month. I receive this book for review. How to Choose “Just Right” Books: Helping Kids Grow as Readers by Becky Spencer has also reminded me a lot about how we can explore a piece of reading passage into a useful resource for language art lessons. We really love this book so we would like to share with our readers to help anyone who wants to explore and expand the reading lessons or program.
When we have a piece of reading passage or a book, we often dig it too shallowly. We thought that giving 10 questions for a reading comprehension would be enough to test the ability of kids comprehending the story. We might be confused what else to give or to ask the kids in the reading comprehension worksheet about a text. The presence of this valuable book doesn't only give readers some tips and measurement to choose the right level of reading for kids, but it does also give readers some ways to use it as well.
In chapter one, it is explained what is the just right level of reading means and how it will keep kids love reading book. As a second language learners, we need to pay attention to this part. I often forget how my children nee to catch their level of reading while I give them assignment to them.
Giving not the just right level of reading doesn't mean useless, but there are certain time and purposes of when we need to give kids the books not in their level of reading. Chapter two of this book gives alternatives to the three kinds of reading levels given to kids.
Chapter three works on the ways we can measure the reading level of kids using some measurement methods or tools. The “just right” reading level also have a measurement scale. It is not enough by saying the reading passage is too difficult or too easy in measuring the just right level. There are three factors discussed here to scale how “right” the reading level is.
Chapter four is very helpful for teaching and recording reading aloud ability to determine the just right level of reading passages. There are also some ways how accuracy and expression can be used as measurement tools determining the right level of reading.
I have read some theories of how teaching reading comprehension and you are very lucky when you have this book. It has been adequate equipped by some ways to explore the reading comprehension text that you find in some books. There are many free resources for reading comprehension in the internet. However, our children won't be able to get enough portion of learning from those resources if the teacher cannot help them to explore the resources. Chapter five of this book deals with how we can help our children exploring the content and ideas of the reading passage using the Bloom Taxonomy. Besides, it is also explained very well some features of both fiction and nonfiction reading text that can be explored further. You won't be running out of idea in designing reading comprehension questions and activities anymore.
Chapter six will give us information about recent book level available worldwide at the moment. For those who are planning to purchase those series, this chapter would be very useful. However, even when you are in a budget and want to level your books in your own private library both electronic and printed ones, this chapter gives some criteria of how to put them into levels.
Reading assessment is not as easy as other subject's or lesson's assessments as the proper one will take the whole process of reading. Chapter 7 gives information of the process of assessment before, during, and after the reading.
The last chapter, chapter 8, reveals the calculation of reading assessment or measurement as the tool to determine the just right reading level.
There are also some forms at the end of this book to support chapter 6-8 that would be very useful in assessment to choose the just right reading text.
What I like about this book is:
- The comprehension chapter is very “portable”. I would like to say that it is brief and it includes a lot of things to explore later on.
- The calculation captor is quite simple to understand and use.
- I have read some of the bibliography and this compact book can represent some essential things of each.