Monday, December 10, 2012
What do the three students in the picture have in common? All three were reluctant readers that have found success through the choice of an excellent series. Doing the weekly Read at Home assignment in Reading Workshop was a chore. They didn't take advantage of the opportunity to improve their grade. Then they started a good series of books.
Fictional series have a common setting, story, and/or characters. Some series have a specific order, usually based on chronological sequence. Others stand alone and can be read in any order sharing a similar genre, but sometimes not even sharing characters.
Connor blasted through The Spiderwick Chronicles. This is a fantasy series written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi that features three kids, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace as they travel to another world filled with faeries and other mystical creatures. He read all of the first series and has moved on to the next series, Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles.
Taneshia starting reading Among the Hidden, the first book in the Shadow Children series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. These books take place in the future and show the challenges faced by Luke, a third child in a society that only allows two per family.
Mackenzie has been reading the Vet Volunteers books written by Laurie Halse Anderson. This series is a little different than most because it features different characters in each book. There is a common theme though--all are trying to help animals in need.
What makes these three students so remarkable is their transition as a reader. They found a series they like and have actually stuck with books, finishing one after another. There is no fake reading going on here. They have become successful readers and students.
It seems like almost all readers have read a series or two that sticks with them forever. What is your favorite series?