*Why should I use STAR books?*
To promote a love of reading.
To expose young children to quality literature, including classics.
To model literary language and allow students to use that language during workshop.
To increase comprehension.
To include and support those students who are not yet decoding as readers during your readers workshop.
STAR books are also a great way of doing deeper literary studies or working books into writing. I simply ask my students to bring 1 star book from their basket to the carpet and boom all of my kids have a quality book that I know they will be able to work with. I especially love using STAR books with the Common Core expectation of persuasive writing.