Choice as a Thematic Motivator in Middle Grade Reading

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Evelyn Perry


Middle grade novels have been valued by teachers for their relatable voices and accessibility, and prized for their role as a vehicle to classic, adult literature. Using middle grade novels solely as a bridge ignores the capabilities of both the literary art and the reader. Instead, teachers can utilize books with the theme of choice as a lead to independent reading. By studying agency and choice in middle grade novels as an art form rather than a vehicle, students can find empowerment in not only their role as a reader, but their role in the world.

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