As a 6th grade teacher I find that the majority of my lowest readers are uninspired boys. They have made it to my classroom and developed a “love of NOT reading!” I get it! They have yet to find that text that has grabbed their sports-and-competition-minded attention. I am not saying there are not a gazillion resources out there to grab them, they have just not been guided to find them. A few authors that cater to the sports genre for middle grade readers are:
- Dan Gutman
- Matt Christopher
- Mike Lupica
But sometimes the problem isn’t directing the kiddos to the best books, it is getting the books in hand and helping the students to navigate the reading process from the beginning of the text to the end successfully. I often tell my students, “it is useless to go to the library to check-out a book that you are not going to read, as it only adds to the weight of the stack of materials that have to be carried from class to class.”
What I have realized about my reluctant readers is that they need more strategies to help them with text navigation. No longer do I want them grabbing a book and not caring about completing it, instead I want to add some tools to help them want to read it. So after countless after school walks home getting drilled by my son about the NFL stars on his football cards, I was inspired to create my own sports close reading passages.
After going through countless rounds of “Who’s this?” with my son as he flashed football cards in my face, and doing some A LOT of research on current NFL and NBA superstars, I decided to develop this Informational Text Close Reading BUNDLE to help my sports-minded kiddos.
Check out my ELA Freebies for a football themed sample from the bundle. I’d love to know what you think!