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During a first reading conference with a new sixth grade boy, he was adamant that he just was not a reader. He didn't like reading and never would. (Humph.) He was my project this year. I was determined to change his mind about reading. I spent the first two months using all the resources I knew to help this reluctant reader latch on to a book. Graphic novels, short books, sport books, comics. Nothing worked. Then in December, when the class read aloud our first shared novel, "The Dreamer" by Pam Munoz Ryan, I noticed the boy was entirely engrossed, the whole time, without fidgeting, or needing several bathroom or water breaks. Bingo! He liked to be read to. He even approached me wanting to discuss the book. With the help of our tech coordinator, we have started an audio library to complement our classroom library. Now, there are several reluctant readers who read and listen and are proud of themselves for the many books they have completed this year.
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