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High-Interest Texts for "Disinterested" Readers

"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who haven't found the right book." So says author and reading workshop crusader, Frank Serafini. Truer words were never spoken. Students who claim they are disinterested in a text or that they hate to read are oftentimes struggling readers. Here is a collection of resources that provide high-interest texts for the low readers in your life.
A Collection By Megan McClure
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High-Interest Texts for "Disinterested" Readers
  • allisonvandiepen.com
    allisonvandiepen.com

    Street Pharm

    5 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    Allison van Diepen does an excellent job capturing the life of an inner city, high school-age drug dealer in Street Pharm. I have read Street Phram in several of my own English classes and my students devoured it. Diepen does an excellent job with authenticity in terms of word choice, which is one reason students love the book so much. Be warned, though, the novel does contain a lot of strong language.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Scott Westerfield's Uglies is another dystopian novel, this one dealing with the notion of beauty, conformity, and cosmetic surgery. Uglies is the first book in a trilogy, and it is a very interesting, and very important, read for young girls.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Divergent by Veronica Roth is a great high-interest book for so many reasons. The movie tie-in, for one, but the book allows students to make real-world connections to topics like bullying, young love, and the social hierarchy of teenagers.
  • Megan McClure says:
    The dystopian genre is an excellent way to engage readers, especially those who are struggling. One teacher uses literature circles and various dystopian novels to accommodate her students' varying academic levels and interests.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This list of Hi-Lo books, compiled by School on Wheels, covers every reading level, starting with second grade. A great detail about this list is it not only provides a Reading Level beneath each title, but it also lists an Interest Level. If you are looking specifically for high school level books, skip to page seven.
  • Books for Grades 6-12

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    ircstrugglingreaders.wikispaces.com
    ircstrugglingreaders.wikispaces.com
    Megan McClure says:
    This resource provides a very extensive list of books meant to reach every type of struggling reader. A lot of the books on the list are geared toward engaging boys, but there are also books for both boys and girls, and a few dealing with timely issues like homosexuality. Also included is a Lexile chart and a "Finding Appropriate Books for the Struggling Reader" worksheet.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    High-Interest Books for Struggling Middle School Readers

    4 minute read
    Megan McClure says:
    Scholastic has compiled a list of Hi-Lo books specifically geared toward middle schoolers.
  • Megan McClure says:
    The first resource in this collection provides a list of websites to help you locate the best High-Interest, Low Level (also known as Hi-Lo) books for your students.
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BloomBoard Asks:What high-interest texts have you introduced to your students in order to engage them?