There's so much focus on getting very young children to read that this effort starts to wean when a child hits middle school. Don't let this happen to your not so little one! Make sure your eighth graders bookshelves are filled with his/her favorite authors. Be sure to check out the "Must Read" book lists for grades 6th and 7th. Don't worry about grade levels for your eighth grader just make sure reading time stays a priority and take your child's favorite books with you while you're on the go."
Enjoy. Nicky (book lover, educatior and mom)
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8th Grade Must Read List
How can we entice our 8th graders to pick up a book and then to keep the reading up?
This is their first year officially a teenager, when 8th graders are thinking more about relationships and their social life rather than school work and reading. Now is when they need to start becoming independent learners and develop their own ideas. The key to support 8th graders is selecting books that engage them and ones that will peak their interest.
This is the age, at adolescence where they need to start making connections to personal experiences. Help them choose popular 8th grade books such as The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney or the coming of age novel that has stood the test of time, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Reading comprehension with metacognition or examining one’s own thinking only develops with lots of practice. Ask the child how the book he / she is reading relates to their own life. Have they had similar experiences? Would they like to? What would they do in a similar situation that arises in the book they are reading? Encourage them to share their thoughts with you.
We have to remember that not all 8th graders are the same or that they all learn in the same way. If we can build and strengthen literary foundation in middle school our children will be appropriately prepared to meet high school, college and even university expectations.