Part of the joy I get from teaching English is when I see a student really enjoy the book they are reading. Not just push through the book because they have to, but the ignoring their friends, reading during lunch and any other unstructured time, all they can talk about enjoy the book. I try and give my students as many of these opportunities as possible throughout the year, while still growing their literary skills. I have found these 4 independent reading projects to do just that. I have provided a list of books or resources for each of the 4 projects, but I have found that being open to other suggestions from the students helps them to become more involved in the project. Once the project is explained and the assignment sheet is handed out, the only thing you get to do is enjoy watching students read…but I recommend having reading checks periodically through out the course of the project. Have students tell a neighbor what is happening in their book, write a journal entry about their favorite character in the book, have a whole class share time where each student has to come up with 1 word to describe the plot of their novel.
Included in this packet:
• Free Choice Independent Reading Project
• Graphic Novel Independent Reading Project
• The Classics Independent Reading Project
• Dystopian Independent Reading Project
• Recommended Reading List