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Old 08-07-2017, 06:31 PM
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I have difficulty finding right books for my child. He is almost 10 and going to be a fifth grader this fall. His lexile measuresment is 1300L when i look on lexile website for books recommendations they are either too serious like Great expectation, the tragidy of Macbeth or not age appropriate like Clock works orange. I wanted to get him to read something fun but also cultivating him to develope a better reading skill. At his age but high reading skill should i stick with age group books or throw him a few George Orwell or a Marguez?

Ps: He doesn't like reading. I force reading 30 mins a day and every 10 chapters books read he got $5
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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I also have a 10-year old rising 5th grader, with a 1300 Lexile, according to the standardized test results that just came in the mail last week.

I have always let her read whatever she wants. Just because she CAN read at 1300 Lexile level, doesn't mean that that she wants to. Having the technical ability to comprehend something doesn't mean that it would meet her maturity or interest levels. I'm the same way - I'm a college graduate, but that doesn't necessarily mean I want to read War and Peace at the beach.

She's a normal kid who likes Harry Potter, Rick Riordan books, and last week read The Hunger Games. Then, we watched the movie, and talked about the differences, and what parts we liked better in each and why. It was fun for all of us (12-year old also joined in conversation).

When she needs to read higher level texts, she can, but forcing her to do so isn't going to cultivate a love of reading, which to me is much more important than a Lexile level that is already beyond 98% of the kids that age, anyway. I feel confident she will continue to grow in ability without my pushing things on her that don't interest her or aren't appropriate for her emotional maturity level.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:57 PM
 
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If he doesn't like reading, you may actually want to go with books that are a bit below his level, but where the subject interests him. What does he love? He can read about his passions.

Oh and forcing him a certain number of minutes will continue his hatred of reading.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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The right books for your child are the ones HE Chooses at the library or book store. Let him pick whatever he wants and you won't need to force him to read.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:23 PM
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Thanks.
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Old 08-08-2017, 09:10 AM
 
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What everyone has said is excellent advice. I teach 5th grade, and every year I have several that test in that range. HOWEVER, that does not mean that they excel at reading every genre, or never make errors.

Yes, the right book is one that they choose for themselves. If your child does an online search from the public library, often it will make great suggestions for other books. The librarians, both at school and the public library, also can help in this area.

But yes, let him take the reins...
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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I have difficulty finding right books for my child. He is almost 10 and going to be a fifth grader this fall. His lexile measuresment is 1300L when i look on lexile website for books recommendations they are either too serious like Great expectation, the tragidy of Macbeth or not age appropriate like Clock works orange. I wanted to get him to read something fun but also cultivating him to develope a better reading skill. At his age but high reading skill should i stick with age group books or throw him a few George Orwell or a Marguez?

Ps: He doesn't like reading. I force reading 30 mins a day and every 10 chapters books read he got $5
Don't force it, let him choose (within reason of course). Otherwise you risk making him hate reading. But do keep a variety of books, on many different levels, around the house in several places. Don't force, but "tempt" him.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:02 PM
 
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The right books for your child are the ones HE Chooses at the library or book store. Let him pick whatever he wants and you won't need to force him to read.
This.

I have no clue what my kids' Lexile scores are nor do I care. I do know one of them is really into anything to do with space, drawing, humor and action. The other one is really into sci fi, history, comic books and music. I let them pick the books they want. Sometimes they choose below grade level, sometimes above. But they're reading.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:10 PM
 
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We went through this in 2nd grade and quickly discovered our child simply wanted to read what she liked and that most material at a higher score was scary or boring.

What I did do is sneak in older children's classics which tend to use more sophisticated language, like Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, Wind in the Willows, etc. A few of these she liked but some were too scary.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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I find it really strange that we do not have a National Recommended Reading List. One problem with being a kid is that you don't have a clue what you are interested in. There were only 5 TV channels when I was a kid and no Internet. I cannot imagine what it is like being a 10-year old these days.

Great Expectations

Are they kidding!?! Wouldn't that have been silly for a 10-year old to read before the Moon landing.I read this when I was 9.

Star Surgeon (1959) by Alan E. Nourse
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18492...-h/18492-h.htm
http://librivox.org/star-surgeon-by-alan-edward-nourse/
Review of Star Sugeon by Alan E. Nourse : SFFaudio
http://www.amazon.com/Star-Surgeon-A.../dp/1598180657

That got me hooked on science fiction but now lots of stuff is free.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Scienc...ion_(Bookshelf)

But SF has changed since Star Wars. People claiming to be SF fans do not care about science and much of what is called science fiction is hardly any better than Harry Potter.

Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper
Scientific Language: H. Beam Piper’s “Omnilingual” | Tor.com
Omnilingual - Henry Beam Piper | Feedbooks
http://librivox.org/omnilingual-by-h-beam-piper/

All Day September (1959) by Roger Kuykendall
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24161...-h/24161-h.htm

Eight Keys to Eden (1960) by Mark Clifton
http://www.mysterious-strange-weird....mysteries.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27595...-h/27595-h.htm

Black Man's Burden (1961) by Mack Reynolds
SF Gospel: Mack Reynolds on Africa, Islam, utopia, and progress
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32390...-h/32390-h.htm

Border, Breed Nor Birth (1963) by Mack Reynolds
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30639...-h/30639-h.htm

David and the Phoenix (1957) by Edward Ormondroyd
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27922...-h/27922-h.htm
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