Picking Just Right Books
With so many choices in the Media Center, public library or even the bookstore, sometimes picking out the perfect book can be a challenge for students and parents. So how do you pick "just right books"? There are skills and strategies students of any grade or reading level can use anywhere to choose a book.
Five Finger Rule
This a great, quick test for students to decide if a book is the right reading level for them. To practice this test, read any 2 full pages in the book. As you are reading, raise a finger for every word you do not know or understand. If you reach 4 or more fingers, then the book is too hard for you to read on your own and should try another book. If you "pass" the 5 finger test, then you should ask yourself these questions:
Will I enjoy this book and want to finish it?
Do I understand what I am reading?
Can I read it out loud smoothly?
If you answer yes to these questions, then you have picked the perfect book for you!