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Middle School Read Alouds

Sarah
The list author says: "I read aloud to my students everyday. It promotes vocabulary acquisition and encourages visualization. I try to match the read-aloud to whatever reading strategy we're focusing on that month. Here are books I have found to successfully work as read alouds for grades 6-8. It's really important to me that they appeal to both boys and girls and all the books below do that."
Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen
"I read the DQ trilogy aloud every year to 8th grade students, and everyone loves it.  Boys really seem to connect with D.J., which is unusual for a female heroine (until Katniss came along)."
Dave at Night
Dave at Night
"Excellent historical fiction.  Can be used in conjunction with a unit on the Roaring 20s or the Harlem Renaissance."
Red Ridin' in the Hood: and Other Cuentos
Red Ridin' in the Hood: and Other Cuentos
"My students LOVE this book.  The stories are retellings of fairy tales but with an urban, Latin twist.  Excellent teaching tool for plot structure and characterization."
Airborn Publisher: HarperCollins
Airborn Publisher: HarperCollins
"This is another trilogy and it would work well for students who are into steampunk/science fiction.  It's very descriptive and has a unique setting, so it helps students visualize."
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
"Even though many students have read these books, I've found them to be a valuable teaching tool.  Excellent book to use for discussing/teaching theme and evaluating characters/plot."
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
"This book is a great tool for teaching foreshadowing and plot vs. subplot."
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
"So many kids these days "know" Harry Potter but have only seen the movies.  When I've read the books aloud to kids, they're amazed at how much more intricate the plotting is and how vivid the books are.  If you can convince your kids to let go of their preconceived notions, these books are great for visualizing, inferring and evaluating."
Born to Rock
Born to Rock
"This book will definitely appeal to boys, but there is a strong female character that girls will like.  Depending on the maturity of your class/parental involvement, you might have to "rephrase" a word or two."