Thursday, November 7, 2013

I Survived: The Sinking of The Titanic, 1912

Like most teachers, I've got some readers who are years below their grade level. Today I was looking around for some Level O books and the selection I could find online was grim (as far as eleven year old boys go): Ramona and Beezus, Pippi Longstocking, and Chocolate Fever. I wondered if the lists online aren't updated, or if people aren't writing low level books that are appealing to boys.

I came across the I Survived series on www.tworeflectiveteachers.com and read the book about The Titanic in about 30 minutes. It is historical fiction from the perspective of a mischievous boy, full of adventure and suspense. The vocabulary featured some new words, but nothing too taxing. Overall, it seems a great fit for some of my struggling readers. It's still a Level R series, so a bit challenging for my student, but a far better option than The Boxcar Children. Even better, at $4 per book, I can easily get the whole collection for my classroom library.

Hmmm, still in search for some lower level books…maybe it's time to start writing!

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