How to Choose a “Just Right Book”
Brainwork – before going to the classroom library I think about…
- a topic I’m interested in
- a familiar author
- a series I’d like to read
- I’d like to try something new!
Preview – using parts of the book to help me learn more about it.
- read the title and summary (on back or inside jacket)
- look at cover and illustrations
- read table of contents
Try it – check to see if it is easy, just right, or challenging
- turn to the first page of the book or chapter and read several pages aloud (quietly)
- use the five finger test
- close the book and retell the part you read
Decide – is this book “just right”?
- did I read it at a conversational speed?
- did it sound smooth?
- were there a few (0-3) hard words?
- did I understand the story?
If you answered yes to all of these questions then you have chosen a…
Just Right Book!
EASY – fun, relaxing, doesn’t take lots of effort *read it independently for at home reading time
JUST RIGHT – you understand it well, read it smoothly, only a few places where you have to slow down to figure out a word or think about the meaning.
CHALLENGING – difficult to read, hard to understand or confusing
*have an adult read it to you or with you
Information obtained from www.vp.k12.mo.us/es/teacher/.../AJUSTRIGHTBOOK.doc