I teach Middle School, grades 6 and 7, in a pretty low socioeconomic area and I wanted to read aloud to the kids. I found one series that they kids are excited about. It is by Sharon Draper-The Hazelwood High trilogy. My students identify with the character's life experiences and are enjoying Forged By Fire.
It was important for me to find something they would be interested in for the first read aloud. I started mid year and we are almost done with one of the books. The kids beg to be read to, but we have such little time in a period that I read to them only on Friday's. Now that the read aloud is going well, I am rethinking reading the whole series. Yes, the kids identify with the characters experiences, attitudes and even the feelings, but reading allows me to experience things that I could never imagine. I know that some of my kids have never experienced being read to (something I can't imagine), but am I shorting my kids by not expanding their horizon's?
Thanks for the input!