Here are 5 good resources for struggling readers in high school.
5 Good Resources for Struggling Readers in High School
God did not make all high school students alike. Some like to read. Some hate it. Some struggle with it.
Of course, the kids who like to read can blast through a reading list with Pilgrim’s Progress and Tale of Two Cities. But some high schoolers would never survive…
How can a student who struggles get through classics and the large numbers of books that a valid high school English/Language Arts credit needs?
Here are some ideas:
Start your reader at remedial level. Here’s a post to explain recording levels on the transcript. You want to start at a level that is right for YOUR teen.
Before we even start the list, remember that 7Sisters Literature Study Guides are levelable. You can adapt them to any learning ability (discussing questions out loud to develop critical thinking, comprehension and inferential skills). You can skip parts that may be too difficult (if vocabulary is too difficult, you can skip it. Use the guides to accompany audio versions of the books for better learning experiences.
1) One of my favorite series is Edcon’s Back to the Basics.
This is a series of 6 levels of readers. Each level contains about 6 workbooks. Each workbook contains a classic such as The Time Machine or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. The cool thing is that each chapter has been condensed to one page, with read-for-information-and-comprehension illustrations and questions. At the end of each chapter are questions (some of which target inferential skills).
Start at Level 1 if you have a severely struggling reader.
2) Another terrific resource is Great Illustrated Classics series by Baronet Books.
These are hard cover books with Reader’s Digest style condensations of great books like King Arthur and War of the Worlds.
3) AGS Classics Series- Short Stories and Plays, from Pearson Education.
These are really condensed, but contain some good classics.
4) A really good idea is to listen to some audio versions unabridged classics, non-fiction and other good books. It is good for a student to listen to books above his/her reading level. (Don’t do this for all the books, but works great for a few each year.)
5) Books of the Bible- find one of the contemporary versions you like, and encourage your student to have devotions daily.
What are some of your struggling or hate-to-read students’ favorite books?
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