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Subject: Does anyone have resources for grades 11-12
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/24/2008
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I am a second year teacher and am still hunting good resources for my classes.  I teach several classes, from dual credit Composition to Applied Communications.  I am starting Creative Writing in the spring as well.  If you have any ideas for books that might have good materials for me, please let me know.  Also, any suggestions on good authors that have older main characters but a fairly low reading level?  Some of my students are at about a 4th - 6th grade reading level, but I don't want to suggest only Gary Paulen (or other similar, but obviously middle - level) books to them, since they are all about trying to save face and look cool.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 10:56 AM ET
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My son is reading the "Alex Rider" series and loving it.  We watched the "Stormbreaker" movie (2006) last night.  Alex Rider is a teen MI6 agent (James Bond).

Many of the books are currently available for order.


Subject: way to find reading level of books
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 9:22 AM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2008
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I don't know if you are familiar with the Accelerated Reader program but if you go on its website at www.renlearn.com and look at the reading lists they have the books reading level listed. I have found this a useful tool when I want to recommend a book for a person that has a certain reading level. Good luck


Date Posted: 10/20/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I have an extra Grammar to Go book that has different writing exercises. I'll get it posted if possible. I am a writing, speech, and history teacher for high school. Let me know if you are looking for somthing specific. I have tons of stuff and I can copy things/up load and send you stuff Plus extra novels, like Harry Potter (the 1st book) and other collections. At least 10 books in each collection. So let me know.

Last Edited on: 10/20/08 2:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 9:02 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2007
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I may be able to help, also. I teach Special Ed. middle and high school reading, writing, and 'rithmatic :) and also science. For the creative writing class, I suggest looking into a book for your lower students called "Four Square Writing" by TLC.

Steck-Vaughn makes very good Grammar books. The only issue is that there isn't enough examples, but I use it as a basis for all my lessons.

The older kids that are low readers seem to like manga books, and one of the classes is reading Codetalker which the older boys seem to like. There is a website called Guysread.org that has lots of suggestions for the boys. You can also use the AR website listed above to pick a book with a reading level of 3 for example, with an interest level of 9-12.

Let me know if I can do anything else.