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BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Linda Wedwick

Linda Wedwick

Normal, Illinois

Jessica Ann Wutz

Jessica Ann Wutz

Normal, Illinois


International Literacy Association


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Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1

Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.

Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a "Top Picks" class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.


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Grades   3 – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Book Selection for Independent Reading

Using the instructional tool BOOKMATCH, this article provides book-selection strategies for students' independent reading.


Grades   3 – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

BOOKMATCH: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for Independent Reading

Empower students through choice and independence using the BOOKMATCH strategy, showing them how to select "just right" books.


Grades   2 – 7  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading

This book provides information on the benefits of independent reading, how to set up a classroom library, and ways to actively engage students in independent reading.


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