Two Exciting Reading Opportunities for our Students!Parents we are pleased to share these two opportunities for our students. Sometimes it is difficult to find books that are appropriate for their reading level and are fun to work with. We think that these two resources will be great tools for you. Check them out and please let us know how we can help if you have any questions.
Students now have an additional reading resource to help them locate exciting books tailored to their own interests or school assignments.
This free, on-line book search tool allows students to build personal reading lists that will best complement their reading ability and interests from a growing database of fiction and nonfiction titles. “Find a Book, Florida” makes it easier for students and families to select the right books and then locate these selections at their local public library.
The program uses Lexile measures, which sounds complicated but it is not. The website is easy to use even if you don't know your Lexile measure, which is the standard for matching readers with books, it asks questions about your child's grade level and reading ability to figure out a list of books for your child.
You can access the book search by going to the Department’s website at www.fldoe.org or by visiting http://florida.lexile.com.
The Department of Education has launched an exciting new program that allows middle school students to discuss books with the author. It is an interactive book club. Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith said. “The Literacy League book club takes prime advantage of these benefits(technology) by providing our students with a window into the minds of our best and brightest authors, giving them unique insight into some fantastic stories.” The Department launched the Literacy League in the spring of 2010 for students in grades six through eight as a way to encourage and sustain reading throughout a child’s educational process.
Interested? Here is what you do to participate:
Each quarter, a book is selected and students are then able to submit questions via e-mail or video for the authors to answer through a recorded podcast.
Students interested in submitting their questions should send them to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Solomon by Marilyn Shaw, questions due from students by July 29, 2011
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond, questions due from students by Oct. 31, 2011