In the coming school year I will be teaching 7th grade for the first time after 3 years of teaching 8th. My school district as a whole has been very focused on increasing text complexity in the reading our students do, so as I have been keeping track of my summer reading for my kids, I have been noticing that the Lexiles of many of the books I know my students enjoy are quite low compared to the recommend Lexile range that students should be reading (970 – 1120) in order to be college and career ready by 12 grade, based in the Common Core.
I KNOW that Lexile is not an exact science.
I KNOW that not everything my students read needs to be a stretch text.
I WON’T prevent a student from reading something they are interested in based on the Lexile.
However, I would love your book recommendations for middle school students that do have a higher Lexile (950 or above). I realize that I can search Lexile.com for their list, but I would prefer recommendatiosn from YOU… real living breathing teachers, librarians, and readers.
My students and I thank you!!