Making a commitment to read a book is something most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about. For high school students, however, such a commitment sometimes doesn't come naturally. In my previous posts, I've spent a lot of time talking about the ways I "guide" students into making good choices in the books they read. In addition to this, we need to spend some time talking about when it's appropriate to Abandon a Book.
When It's Okay to Abandon a Book
Not all students know when to Abandon a Book. For many of my students, this isn't something a teacher has asked them to do before. But I consistently see students choose texts that are too easy while others choose texts that are too difficult. Giving students some criteria about the times when it's appropriate to Ditch a Book is another way I lead my students into making good choices in the books they choose to read.