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Reel Reading for Real Readers: Here There Be Dragons

ReelReading2A while back I had a problem. I had finally succeeded in getting some of my resistant sophomore boys to read. But they were stuck in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Now, it’s not that I have a problem with those books. No, I love those stories– mostly because many boys who will not read another thing will read them, but. . . we are talking pre-AP 10th graders here. I knew I needed to get them moving up the ladder of complexity — at least a little bit.

I called on my PLN and tweeted out a plea for suggestions. The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica series lit up my screen.

Okay then.

I have no idea if this series is really more complex; I don’t care. If nothing else, my students have more choice.

Here There are Dragons by James A. Owen is the newest book for the fantasy shelf in my classroom library. I hope it never gets to sit there. Books are much more useful in a child’s hands.

This is a student-made trailer. I love that the description on Youtube says,

“This is the trailer for the best book I have ever read.”

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