Alongside the age of the readers it is important for the teacher to take into consideration the language level of the students. Just because the whole group of kids is in the same grade or age group does not mean that each of them will have the same grasp on language. This could be due to learning disabilities, English could be their second language, or they are just struggling to catch up to their peers. These things all need to be taken into consideration for the group of kids because you don’t want to leave the kids that are struggling behind. However you also don’t want the more advanced kids to get bored and lose interest. The book that is chosen needs to be relevant to the student’s life. Not only their academic life but also their personal lives. (Machado, 2016)Many stories will hit home on emotional issues and it is important to be observant of this. Some stories may be more relevant for a classroom that is dealing with bullying or children who can’t get along, where other classrooms may need books pushed more towards the academic side. The relevance of the story is just as important as the age appropriateness, in that if you want the children to follow your thoughts on the story it needs to matter to themin some way. Many teachers create themed curriculums. This way they can stay on one subject for a longer period of time and arrange their subjects around that theme. When choosing a story for your class it has to be similar. The story needs to fit into not only how relevant it is to the children but also how it connects to the curriculum you are working within.
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- Short story, Want, partridge, Machado