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Provide engaging, visual layers of accountability during independent reading. This independent reading accountability bundle contains SIX ways to help students grow as readers. Track reading progress, volume, book diet, and book fit while providing creative alternatives to the dreaded reading log.
It's important that as middle and high school teachers, we establish a warm and inviting community of readers. Traditional reading logs can make independent reading feel like work, and if we want students to read more independently, it needs to be enjoyable.
These creative alternatives to the reading log will help you to create a positive reading community with older students as they learn about how to select books that are a good fit for them and how to diversify their reading palette. Plus, they'll be able to set goals and exchange book recommendations with classmates.
This list is an overview of the contents. Please see the individual resource descriptions linked below for more details. You may not want to use all of these resources at once. This bundle is intended to be a bank of resources you can use during different times throughout the year.
- My Digital Bookshelf - This digital bookshelf resource is ideal for 1:1 classrooms and distance learning or hybrid and blended learning formats. Students can share their reading with their teacher and classmates, make book recommendations, build their "to read" list, and reflect on their life as a reader.
- My Reading Ladder - This is a similar resource to My Digital Bookshelf, but it is print, not digital, and it goes more in detail with information about finding a "just right book" for middle and high school students. Out with reading levels. In with book fit and teaching students how to be successful at selecting books they will enjoy.
- Reading Habits Mini Lesson - If you're like to teach students how to develop reading habits that will last for a lifetime, this print resource contains recommendations for a mini lesson, including research and a sketch notes page. Plus, you'll find some bookish inspirational classroom posters.
- Book Spines - This print resource contains book spines you can use to add to a physical classroom wall to enhance the reading community and culture. It also has a tracking sheet for teacher organization.
- Our Class Digital Bookshelf - This digital resource is a free tool that looks like Instagram, and it's a way for students to contribute to a whole class Slides document in order to share what they just finished reading, what they are currently reading, and what they want to read next. It works well in conjunction with My Digital Bookshelf because it's more of an in-the-moment sharing tool, whereas My Digital Bookshelf is intended to be used all year long.
- Reader Self-Reflection - Use this PDF and Google Slides resource with middle or high school students around the New Year or at the end of a school year - in person or with distance learning. Help them to reflect on books they have read and set new reading goals. If you confer with students individually and in small groups, you'll also be able to lead them toward greater insights about themselves as readers. What types of books do they tend to read? What do the books on their list have in common? What other books might you recommend to them?
NOTE: The PDF Reading Ladder and PDF Book Spines are also included in my larger independent reading bundle.
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