• 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