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Northwestern Middle School Teachers & Students Assist in selecting books for Advanced Readers!
With the advances in the publishing world, this is an excitingtime to be a middle grades educator and reading promoter. In recent years, progress has been made with the publication of high quality literature appropriate for advanced middle grades readers. Through this literature, the unique intellectual, emotional and literary needs of middle grades readers reading above grade level are met. Through the Books for Advanced Middle Grades Readers project, a committee consisting of middle grades educators and students committed to find a way to meet the important needs of this group of students who have been historically overlooked by publishers and educators alike. Traditionally, it was assumed these students could manage on their own, but that is not a fair or equal assumption. Advanced readers need as much personalized time and attention selecting appropriate reading materials as do struggling readers.
To that end, a committee of library media specialists, in cooperation with classroom teachers and advanced readers in grades 6-8 throughout Indiana collaborated to develop a list of recommended books for advanced readers in the middle school. Begun in 2005, the committee’s work is ongoing, and the list is continually changing and evolving as the publishing world and advanced readers continue to change.
It is the committee’s goal to provide intellectually stimulating and high reading level books that have been reviewed and recommended by students, educators, and committee members. Books were selected for review based on lexile, a published reading level, and/or the intellectually stimulating nature of the reading, which taps the imagination, both intellectually and in an entertaining fashion.
The committee strongly recommends that when selecting a book for yourself, your students, or your child, please keep in mind that children mature at different rates. Not every book is appropriate for every child at every age. When choosing a book, always rely on your wisdom and good judgment. Continue to encourage students and parents to read together as a family and enjoy lively discussions about they are reading.
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