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Home reading for Pre-intermediate 7 graders



Naranjas
Russian Federation

Home reading for Pre-intermediate 7 graders
 
Hello, my dear collegues!
I have a question for those of you who teach at school.
Do you know any modern book to read at home reading lessons at this level(Pre-intermediate level, KET-PET)?
We read Jacqueline Wilson in original(this is the school policy - from the 5th grade and on we read only authentic literature) this year and now we have 3 months left on smth else. But I īm far from being an expert in modern literature and I don īt know where to find an interesting book with good but simple English(Pre-intermediate level, KET-PET).
Thaks in advance!Embarrassed

12 Mar 2009      



mena22
Portugal

In Portugal many schools have the Penguin Readers collection in their libraries. It is an excellent collection with a great variety of books for 7 different levels of English. Another excellent collection is Oxford īs Hotshot puzzles. These are my favourite for elementary and intermediate students because the stories meet young teenagers ī interests, the books are very colourful, with beautiful images, every 2 pages there is a puzzle to solve and they are adapted to the level we choose (the books are graded at 5 levels).

I īve already made several tasks with a few of these books and my students always enjoy it.
Hope it helps.
 
Have a nice day. Smile
mena

12 Mar 2009     



libertybelle
United States

I īm not sure of your age group because I don īt know Ket-Pet system, but Longmann has a lot of materials.- if you Google Ket-Pet a lot of materials will pop up.

Have you read Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer or Oliver Twist?
Or perhaps, The Outsiders by Susan Hinton.
My 9th graders (age 14-16)loved The Body by Stephen King.(about being young in the early 60 īs)

12 Mar 2009     



libertybelle
United States

Hi Mena!
Wow, I use those Hot Shot Puzzle books too!
I thought when she wrote authentic, she meant like classic literature.
Hmmmmm... not quite sure what that meant.
But Hot Shots are great, short and colorful, I agree.

12 Mar 2009     



Naranjas
Russian Federation

Thank you for the answers but I was asking for something different.

First of all I need a modern author which means he writes in modern language and is still alive(like a book written 10 or 20 years ago, not 50) :)
Next I need original literature(not adapted with tasks and everything like Penguin - very good books, by the way).
Another thing is we need really authentic English and what I mean by the word is that it should be a British or American author with good language of his own(lots of synonyms, metaphors, jokes ans so on).
The age group is from 12 to 14 years old(I thought I made it clear when I told you they īre in the 7th grade, it turned out I was mistaken:)).
Hope somebody will help me...

12 Mar 2009     



libertybelle
United States

I don īt mean to be rude or arrogant, but authentic language for 12-14 year olds is really hard.(and in my opinion, not very pedagogical)

Often, the story fits the age group but the language  is too difficult in the authentic versions for ESL students or else the the language fits the age group, but the story is too "childish".  That īs why most of us here use adapted versions.

As a native speaker teaching English as a second language, I wouldn īt do that.
I don īt mean to be judgmental, but that is my professional opinion.
I think my kids (who are the same age group as yours,) would lose interest and feel as if they weren īt good enough. I surely haven īt had enough time to teach them all the figures of speech, slang, grammar, metaphors and vocabulary to tackle modern literature in its original form.
That īs why Longmann, penguin, oxford and many other really good publishers make adapted versions that are faithful to the original story but adapt the language so the students understand and develop.
L
 

12 Mar 2009     



Zora
Canada

Well, since you are so enthusiastic about this - why not try the first book in the Harry Potter series?? It īs not that long and meets all your requirements... or you could do CS Lewisī book -  "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" - it īs an older book and Mr. Lewis is dead now but the story is fairly short and easy to read...

 

12 Mar 2009     



Naranjas
Russian Federation

To Libertybelle: it īs the policy of our school and I could do nothing about it, sorry Smile
 
Though I must say the kids didn īt loose interest during the last 3 years, but it īs really hard for us teachers to choose the right book... I like the idea of Lewis, but the thing is we already are taking it in the 6th grade next year(I like the book very much). As for Harry Porter many of our kids have already read it, 2 of them even in English so it won īt be really amazing.
 
The thing is our director decided that the main aim is to teach them cope with real language as fast as we can. It īs not that boring for children as it may seem and they learn really fast, though we have to use many pictures/movies/songs/smiles etc. and spend loads of time on preparation.
 
I know my question IS hard, because I īve already asked all Russian teachers I know and got the same answers... It is really not traditional to use original books so nobody knows what advice to give... I just thought maybe some of you read some books for pleasure and now will remember one or two and I īll check on them. Cry

12 Mar 2009     



Zora
Canada

Well, If they are going to study the book next year, why not start off with the first book in the Narnia series? Itīs called the Magicianīs Nephew... It īs not directly related to "The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe..." but it sets the stage since itīs about their Uncleīs adventureīs in Narnia...

12 Mar 2009     



Naranjas
Russian Federation

That īs so funny that two people as different as you and me think so similar... At the moment I īm ordering this very book... Smile
Oh, I know you won īt believe me, but it īs really so!
LOL
P.S. I know the book very well - I read it when I was a child(not so long ago actually).

12 Mar 2009     



Zora
Canada

Stranger things have happened than two people, who love CS Lewis ī books, having the same idea at the same time! LOL We are just on the same wave length!  

12 Mar 2009     

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