We are all using some time in class at the moment to do some free reading. How do you know if a book is the right one for you? There’s no simple answer – but a friend of mine who is teaching in Shangahai suggests the following test:
the ‘Five Finger’ test. Just follow the steps below!
Open a book to any page. Read the page, out loud if you can. Put up a finger for each word you don’t know. How many fingers do you have up?
1 WORD. This is easy for you to read! HAVE FUN!
2 WORDS. Just right. ENJOY!
3 WORDS. CHALLENGING! But try it and you might like it.
4 WORDS. VERY CHALLENGING! Read this book with some support from someone.
5 WORDS. TOO HARD! Save it for later when you are a better reader or have someone read it to you.