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Subject: Adult books that are high interest and low level reading
Date Posted: 4/19/2012 12:20 PM ET
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I am teaching adults to improve their reading skills.  They have very limited vocabularies but do not want "kiddie" books.  They have low level reading skills about 5th  or 6th grade but want adult subject matter.  Any suggestions?  One person wants a comedy does that exist? 

Date Posted: 4/23/2012 9:26 PM ET
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The Cat Who... Series is in the 6th grade range of reading.  If you need to check a level of a book, go to renlearn.com.  Click order quizzes, put in a title and if it is in the system, it will give you a level.  Same with scholasticbooks.com.

 

Date Posted: 5/13/2012 10:50 PM ET
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Any book by a New York Times best selling author.  They consist of short chapters full of short sentences and every other chapter is about sex.

Seriously (well, actually I was being serious), but try:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull  by Richard Bach

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

of any book of O. Henry short stories.



Last Edited on: 5/25/12 3:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Subject: Adult literacy
Date Posted: 5/25/2012 1:17 AM ET
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I do the same here in NYC.  I find that Agatha Christie's books, which you can get cheaply, have short sentences but good stories that keep adult readers reading.  Also some plays work well.  Dano

Date Posted: 5/25/2012 3:46 PM ET
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Plays! Now that is a really good idea. The dialogue will suit your purpose and the reading of the lines provides group cooperation and reinforcement and helps make the reading fun.

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 12:47 PM ET
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James Patterson books might fit the bill.  Short chapters and not too challenging.