We always start the school year with a class read aloud to get our students interested in reading for pleasure. "Skeleton Creek" by Patrick Carmen is a fabulous book to read to your class.
*It is short
*teenage characters for relevance
*there are videos that you can watch at the end of chapters ~ some are quite scary and your students will be begging you to read more to get to more videos
*It's a series so students will be fighting over who gets to read the next book
*It's a little pricey so you might not want to buy a full class set
There is an online teacher guide if you would prefer to follow that for guiding questions. Otherwise, we model effective reading strategies as we go (inferring, making connections, predictions, using syntax, questioning, etc.) so that students aren't bored with comprehension questions. Comp questions don't make students enjoy reading!
**Have a look at the Teacher Instructions thumbnail above for what the unit includes.