Tutoring 7th graders in essay writing

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  1. nutella

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    Hi teachers! I was hoping to get a little information regarding 7th graders. I'm an English major in Florida and will be beginning a volunteer program on Monday. I am assigned to a 7th grade classroom and my job will be to mentor/tutor kids in writing essays. I remember 7th grade just fine, but I don't remember EVER being assigned a book to read in school. What reading level are 7th graders typically at? I understand it can/will vary. I want to find some relevant articles, essays, or funny stories so that (if anyone is interested) I can demonstrate the value in being able to write well. Any advice teachers?
     
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    What readability scale are you wanting to measure their reading levels by?

    There are quite a few.

    In Lexile, I've seen it said somewhere between 660 and 1100.
     
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    I guess what I was looking for were some examples of books typically geared toward the 7th grade.
     
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    Hi Nutella!


    I teach 7th grade and we read the following:

    A Wrinkle in Time
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Looking Glass Wars series
    (AWESOME--all my kids love it)
    The Circuit


    A few other titles that are geared towards 7th grade...

    The Outsiders
    Stargirl
    Love, Stargirl
    A Day No Pigs Would Die



    My kids are obsessed with The Hunger Games series, Twilight, and Harry Potter--those are always fun.


    Also, I use this book called, Caught Ya Grammar in the Middle. It's a book that contains a funny story and then sentences/paragraphs of the story are continued in the book, but they are grammatical and mechanically wrong. I have my kids correct the text, so they are using reading comprehension skills and working on their mechanical skills at the same time. It's awesome. I got it on Amazon.com for about 8 bucks.
     
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    Go here and type in the level you want and books will pop up. You can adjust the sliders to pick books above or below the level you targeted for differentiating.
    http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/
     
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    I love this site--so helpful!
     
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    Finally, you'll need to wrap up your argument with a strong conclusion. All the evidence and support you provide in the body of the argument should lead to your conclusion. In addition, you'll often use this part of the paper to summarize key points, restate your position and invite the readers to side with you on the topic.
     

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