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Working with a struggling reader who is older and is not motivated by “cute” pictures and “baby books” can be difficult. Upper elementary, middle, and high school students will benefit from a website where teachers can create books based on the students’ personal interests.

Tarheelreader.org is a website of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books can be speech enabled and accessed in a variety of ways. Students do not have to have an account to enjoy the books.

To publish a book on Tarheelreader.org, you need to visit the site and create an account. The site asks any person registering to email them for the invitation code. When you are ready to write a book, first find or upload pictures, enter a short sentence for each page, give a title for the book, categorize the book and publish the book. You can easily save the book as a draft to come back to at a later time.

These books can be created about any topic. When students see books written on a topic they are really interested in it helps them to want to read. So why not write a book about Minecraft for a struggling reader? Or how about a book on cell phones? Whatever grabs their attention!

Post by: Becky Lockwood

About Cindy Geddes

Cindy Geddes serves as the Director of Accountability and Technology Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Previously, she served as the district’s Instructional Technology/ Staff Development Coordinator and as an elementary teacher for thirteen years. Mrs. Geddes was recently renewed as a National Board Certified teacher. She is a co-founder of #NCed chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. Mrs. Geddes co-authored an article, “Growing Technology Leaders”, that was featured in the magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology. Recently, she received a Master of Arts from Gardner-Webb University in Executive Leadership Studies. She and her husband, Leonard are proud parents of two children, Cassidy and Brandon.

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