At the beginning of the school term we might daydream about travelling to faraway places or think of the places we have visited during the holidays. Last week we looked at titles which are located in London. Now let's explore the whole world and even beyond.
The easiest approach to book selection is often focusing on genres. This way, however, we may risk reading a lot of the same genre and miss out on new reading experiences. Book selection based on location can be an easy and refreshing way to motivate your students to read and widen their reading experience at the same time. We all like to travel and discover new places. Some of these places maybe far away, some others may be places we have already been to and would like to visit again, and others maybe imaginary places we dream about.
Focus on the location
1 Present reading as a travel adventure. Show a map to the class and point out some of the locations they can read about in some classic novels and original stories.
2 If you have access to the Internet, prepare a slideshow with some pictures of these locations.
3 If your students have visited any of the places you chose, they can share their experiences. You can also ask them where they would like to visit.
4 Before your students start reading a book, you can ask them what they know about the location.
5 When they have finished reading their book, ask them to prepare a mini presentation about what they have learnt
about the place and how they feel about it after reading the novel.
Here are some titles which are set in exciting places all over the world. Don’t forget to check out the sample pages as they can make the book selection even easier.
KANSAS, USA: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Level 1 – A1
INDIA: Mowgli’s Brothers by Rudyard Kipling, Level 2 – A1/A2
WONDERLAND: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol, Level 2 – A1/A2
MASSACHUSETTS, USA: Little Women by Louise May Alcott, Level 2 – A1/A2
MISSOURI, USA: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Level 3 – A2
MISSOURI, USA: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Level 3 – A2
NEW JERSEY, USA: The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain, Level 3 – A2
FROM ENGLAND TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Level 3 – A2
YUKON, CANADA: White Fang by Jack London, Level 3 – A2
FROM CALIFORNIA, USA TO YUKON, CANADA: The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Level 4 – A2/B1
NEW YORK STATE, USA: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Level 4 – A2/B1
SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY, USA: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Level 4 – A2/B1
LONG ISLAND, NY, USA: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Level 5 – B1
BHUTAN: The Kingdom of the Snow Leopard by Elspeth Rawstron, Level 4 – A2/B1
ATHENS, GREECE: Danger in the Sun by Antoinette Moses, Level 5 – B1
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: The Coconut Seller by Jack Scholes, Level 5 – B1
Here is an example of the map you could prepare for your students: Travel the World with Helbling Readers map