Site Search:
 

Banner

Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index Teacher Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

High/Low Readers

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Literature
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
danasity



Joined: 25 Sep 2006
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:18 pm    Post subject: High/Low Readers Reply with quote

I'd like to create a library of High Interest/Low Level Readers for my middle school class. I've searched on many websites, but haven't been able to actually read the books for myself and sample them. Does anyone have a collection of readers that your students enjoy? This would be mainly for independent reading. I'd ultimately like to have a beginner, intermediate, and advanced library from which to choose.

thanks,
Dana
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sally Olsen



Joined: 08 Apr 2004
Posts: 1311
Location: Canada,France, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Greenland, Canada, Mongolia, Ethiopia next

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought subscriptions to magazines instead.

First I just bought out the airport magazines because you can take them on the airplane without charge as baggage. I don't know if weight or transportation is a problem for you.

Then I noted which magazines had been taken or thumbed through the most as I figured those were the ones that were the most popular. I also asked the students of course.

Then I subscribed to the popular magazines - fashion, motorbikes, hunting (in Greenland and Mongolia), boats (in Greenland) film stars and so on.

We were able to use the old magazines for making posters, illustrating stories and flash cards, etc.

The airlines have interesting magazines with current topics and they sent me enough copies for a class.

Comics were a great hit as well.

At the end we added their portfolios as they had to choose 12 areas of the textbook to write a story themselves. By the time it got to the reading corner the stories had been corrected and decorated especially by girls with scrap booking talents.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
eslweb



Joined: 31 May 2006
Posts: 208
Location: United Kingdom

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Magazines... Reply with quote

I'm with Sally on this one... Students much prefer to read magazines rather than books... In fact when I brought a load of magazines into my class I found my students happily reading them during their lunch breaks.

I don't know the age of your class, but for teenagers and adults the girls love fashion and glamour magazines like Just 17 and Cleo etc. The boys enjoy the gaming, lads magazines (Be careful, some are a little vulgar) and gadgets... For a general audience movie and travel magazines are good.

Things like National geographic and Newsweek tend to be too difficult for all but the most advanced learners and I don't know why, but they really did not like Readers Digest...

James
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Senorita Daniels



Joined: 22 Dec 2004
Posts: 202

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen an activity in a book that uses political cartoons. They are about whatever is going on now, and have few words, so they're easier to understand. I haven't tried it yet, but I should.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
JeremyintheCzechRep



Joined: 08 Jun 2008
Posts: 16
Location: Czech Republic

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:57 pm    Post subject: Books still have a place. Reply with quote

Perhaps the right books might tempt them. Have you seen the Richmond series? The Teen Reader series? Or even my own e.books for download (check out the titles on my website).

Jeremy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Literature All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Teachers College, Columbia University: Train to Teach English Here or Abroad
SIT

This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2011 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group