Which of the following writer is most appropriate for this particular 3rd grade student??A reluctant 3rd grade reader. He would rather like adventure stories. Which of the following writer is most...

Which of the following writer is most appropriate for this particular 3rd grade student??

A reluctant 3rd grade reader. He would rather like adventure stories. Which of the following writer is most appropriate for him.

1. Walter dean myer.

2 Beverly Cleary

3. Judy Blume

4. Gary paulsen

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For a third-grade student who would like to read adventure stories, Walter Dean Myer might seem like "no-brainer," but his books are more for young adults.

Myers' titles are about older kids, and some of the issues would be inappropriate (I feel) for his age, not only based on content, but also in terms of reading level.  For instance, one book by this author is Monster, the story of a young man (Steve) who becomes friends with a "bad sort" (James King), who commits a murder in the course of their "friendship."  Steve is implicated as an accomplice in the murder, and has to confront the real possibility of going to jail for the rest of his life.  He needs to face where he has been and where he wants to go--who he wants to be, and he must make very adult decisions while he fearfully awaits a decision; when he is exonerated, he plans to make better choices and get his life onto the "right track."  Hopefully a third grader would not have to face these problems: I would recommend this kind of story to a thirteen or fourteen year-old student, (though some of Myers' protagonists are even older).

Some of Judy Blume's books deal with a young man (Fudge), and include comical situations.  She is a favorite with young readers, but her stories are not really adventure stories...

However, other of her books have more mature content, such as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.  For example, some of Blume's books include content that questions the existence of God, or discuss mature topics such as religion, divorce and sexuality.  They are, of course, not adventure stories, and could cause major concerns with parents: I think I'd steer clear of these.

Beverly Cleary is also a favorite among young readers, with titles such as Romana. She writes stories with humor that concentrate on the human experience, which is perhaps why these titles so often ring true with her young audience.  This level would be more appropriate to a third-grade reader, but they are not adventure stories.

Gary Paulsen is the author that would most likely fit the bill.  If the student has a decent reading level, these books should provide the excitement and adventure he is looking for.  For example, in Hatchet, a young man is stranded when his plane crashes and the pilot dies.  He has to find ways to survive until his rescue.

You might also want to think about The Magic Treehouse series, and The Boxcar Children series, which have adventures and mysteries.  They are not very sophisticated, but popular reading for third graders, and there are many books to choose from to keep a student anxious to read the next one.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This looks like the kind of question a college senior--presumably an English major taking a children's lit course of some kind--should know. Obviously the question is asking you to know two things:  the reading level of each of these authors and the kinds of works each of them writes.  Some process of elimination work should get you to an answer pretty quickly. 

Walter Dean Meyers writes for children, but his books would not generally be classified as adventure stories.

Beverly Cleary is a writer of adventure books appropriate for a third grader, though many of them are geared to girls.

Judy Blume is a writer of young adult fiction which is generally geared to girls.

Gary Paulsen is a writer of adventure stories, to be sure, though most are written for young adults rather than children.

I would pick #2, but it's your own reading for class and classroom experience which should guide you most in answering this question, it seems to me.

psmortimer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a former tutor I have had to choose books that I feel are appropriate for specific students. Additionally, I went through this exact issue with a niece that refused to read until we found the right books for her (Goosebumps). After that, we had to beg her to put her book down to eat dinner!

In my experience if you are interested in focusing on an individual, each child needs to have a book chosen specifically for him. I agree that Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary are geared more for girls.

I do like Gary Paulsen but I would advise reading the selection first. Hatchet is a good book. However, Paulsen sometimes addresses issues in his books that are not appropriate for  younger children.

One of my students was a big fan of The Boxcar Children. I would recommend looking into books by Isabel Allende as well.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You know, my son loves the Warriors books.  There are three series, and they are about cats.  Each tribe of cats live in different areas (thunder clan, river clan, shadow clan, wind clan) and they go on adventures and sometimes the clan disagree, as do people, which ends up in a fray of some sort.  Mostly, the cats learn to live with and among each other, and the books are stories of how individual cats grow, achieve, live, and die.  It's very akin to native American lives/tribes; survival, adventure, spiritual growth, lessons in morals and values, and then death and the afterlife.

He's read every book in the first two series and is now on the third series as a fourth grader, second month of school. 

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Walter Dean Myers or Gary Paulsen would be my choice for a 3rd grade boy who is reluctant to read. Paulsen would be the top choice. His books use many different settings, but most of them have characters who end up learning they can survive and achieve anything. Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume are both wonderful authors, but Gary Paulsen would be more relatable to a younger male reader.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

#2 makes an interesting suggestion with The Boxcar Children. These are simple texts and provide an engaging storyline that is appreciated by most kids. You would perhaps need to provide interesting projects/topics in order to teach them in case the adventure is thought to be a little too tame, but nevertheless worth a try.

epollock | Student

I would choose Paulsen as more appropriate for third grade students because of his simpler plots and easily constructed characters which do not require any advanced level of analysis to understand. His stories are easy enough for any third grade student to understand.