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BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 45- to 60-minute sessions|
This lesson prepares students to be independent and responsible for their own just-right book selections during independent reading time. Using the BOOKMATCH poster, the teacher introduces various criteria that influence book selection, such as length, language, topic, and genre. Students select books for independent reading using several of these criteria. In subsequent lessons, they discuss and evaluate their book choices and are introduced to additional selection criteria. Ongoing support and practice lead to increased awareness of their personal preferences as readers.
Wedwick, L., & Wutz, J.A (2008). BOOKMATCH: How to scaffold student book selection for independent reading. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Wedwick, L., & Wutz, J.A. (2006). Thinking outside the book box: Using BOOKMATCH to develop independent book selection. Voices from the Middle, 14(1), 20–29.
Wutz, J.A., & Wedwick, L. (2005). BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding book selection for independent reading. The Reading Teacher, 59(1), 16–32.