J.K. Rowling said, "If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book." I've always thought this was probably true, in fact, it was posted on my board for most of March (reading month). Unfortunately, a lot of the readings we, as history teachers, have been given to use in class are not "the right book" for most of our students. They are either too old, too boring, or not at our students' reading levels. So, how do you find the "right books" (or readings) for your classroom filled with diverse readers?
A first step might be to check out my differentiated readings. I selected a variety of interesting topics in each of the time periods we teach in world history and wrote short, high interest articles at two different reading levels for each of them. When you use them, all of your students can access the identical content, but at a reading level more closely tailored to their level. Links to them in my store are listed below including a free one about Early Humans. Check them out, and if you use them, let me know how it went in the comments section.
Middle Ages & The Renaissance