- November 27, 2017 at 9:34 PM #41308
What are some of your favorite read alouds for the junior high classroom?
- December 2, 2017 at 7:48 PM #41390
I do not teach junior high, but if I did, two books I would place high on my list would be: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare and Twice Freed by Patricia St. John. Both are historical fictions and both also set the stage for discussions about real life issues. Three others (of different genres) that I would consider worthy of a story time list for junior high level are: Big Smoke Mountain by Lewis Miller, Watership Down by Richard Adams, and Trapped in the Old Cabin by Patricia Kershaw.
A number of years ago one teacher told me how he intentionally chose a wide variety of genres to read from — humorous, true stories, fantasy (such as The Narnia series), missionary stories, etc. I thought that was a good idea and have attempted to fashion my story time list with that in mind.
I sent an email to a couple teachers asking what they would recommend, so I might have more to add here in a few days.
- December 4, 2017 at 10:23 PM #41395
All the ones I mentioned above would work well for grades 5-6 also. Here is a reply I received from Gideon Yutzy who taught grades 7-8 for four years at our school:
Here is a list of the ones that connected well — The Yearling (long, but perhaps certain parts could be skipped), The Hobbit, A Wrinkle in Time, The Scarlet Pimpernel (I was surprised how well it connected considering the complexity of the language), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Giver, and others in the series, and Call It Courage.
- December 5, 2017 at 8:33 PM #41450
Thanks, Betty. These are some great ideas and it’s good to know if books hit their target or not. I appreciate your reply.
- December 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM #41451
A few more titles:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
- December 6, 2017 at 8:04 PM #41474
I heard back from a former 5th to 6th grade teacher on favorite books or recommended books for story time. Darrel Bontrager says: Narnia series, The Pushcart War, The Hobbit, Good Old Archibald, Me and Caleb along with several others already mentioned.
- December 9, 2017 at 7:55 PM #41604
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, a book about learning and knowledge. It encourages curiosity, diligence, and rigor in an engaging, non-preachy way.
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