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He's a senior in high school and a very smart, analytical fellow though he lacks some basic textual skills because he's in public school. Going for gap year yeshiva next year and they said he should get basic fluency reading/understanding Gemara.

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B"H

Usually children begin learning Gemara with the chapter אלו מציאות, in Bava Metzia.

While it is actually quite complex, as is any chapter in Gemara when learned with more depth and concentration, it is still considered one of the standard "simple" chapters that kids start learning Gemara with. Another beginner chapter is הכונס צאן, in Bava Kamma, as well.

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    – mbloch
    Mar 19 at 3:58
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    A good reason to choose אלו מציאות is that it has many repetitions of similar phrases, which allows the student to gain momentum in their reading. It's difficult for new students when they need to ask about every word in a sentence, so when there are sentences made up of phrases that they learned in the beginning of the lesson, they can actually focus on learning the style of logic and feel like they are accomplishing something, instead of getting caught on the language barrier. Mar 19 at 10:44
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What I write here is totally a personal thing and barely qualifies as an answer, but I have actually been in this situation more than once, and taught the boys in question the last ten blatt (double-sided pages) of the first chapter of Kiddushin - from the Mishnah on daf 29b to the end of the Perek.

This chapter contains a good amount of what's typically encountered throughout Shas in terms of style (derivations from pesukim, tannaitic disputes, re-readings of Mishnah sources, aggadah-halakha mix, etc), includes a somewhat wide range of topics in a short span of pages, and at least starts off with mitzvot that even a public school student will be familiar with. But I'll note that this may have only worked well because the boys (and myself) were more philosophically-inclined and interested in theories of mitzvot which we were able to discuss straight off the Gemara.

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The suggestions here are good. I'd add you also can't go wrong with the beginning of Brachos

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  • Welcome to MiYodeya R Pickle and thanks for this first answer. Since MY is different from other sites you might be used to, see here for a guide which might help understand the site. Great to have you learn with us!
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    Apr 3 at 2:59
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  • Perek Eilu Metzios of Bava Metzia
  • Perek HaKoines of Bava Kama
  • Perek HaMafkid of Bava Metzia

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