This week I’ve just begun a reading project aiming at helping teenagers struggling with low literacy. I came across the Choose a Path book series and immediately thought what a fun idea the whole thing is. Not only does the reader get to choose which direction the story takes (turning to specific pages depending on what choices you make), but there are vocabulary building activities along the way. I really think that even children who regard reading as a chore would have to love this idea – you’re given control over the story, you get involved with the protagonist (young people need to relate to the main character, otherwise they get bored quickly) and you get a deeper understanding of POV and characterisation because you’re in the story, as opposed to being dragged along for the ride. It’s also a good starting point for budding young writers who want to develop their storytelling skills, but aren’t sure where to start. Personally my favourite is ‘Time Traveller’s Treasure’. Anything with fantasy elements+dinosaur chases is always a winner for me!
Posted by Leilanie Stewart on November 8, 2013 in Reading, Resources and tagged Books for Bored young readers, Choose a Path Book Series, Literacy skills, Reading for Pleasure.