This package is designed for the teacher who needs to encourage students to read on their own, but also needs to provide progress monitoring of reading and comprehension. This package includes an editable calendar with chapter assignments covering a four week period. Each chapter has a corresponding quiz designed to verify active reading occurs. Also, a reading log with space for notes on character and plot development, vocabulary, and parent signatures is provided.
3 quizzes with answer key covering the entire book. (63 multiple choice questions)
Editable Reading Schedule Calendar
Reading Log (should be copied front and back for six entries per week)
Suggested usage: This lesson helps to develop and monitor student independent reading. When assigning middle school students an assignment stretching over several weeks, it is imperative to monitor their efforts. Encourage involvement by offering more than one novel for kids to read. I pair Fahrenheit 451 with The Giver. Perform a quick book talk and allow kids to choose between two or more selections. Making a choice makes a commitment. Additionally, I believe students need parental encouragement and involvement when reading a book. I send out a letter to parents introducing them to the novels and explaining their student selected a book and is required to read it (the signed and returned letter is a homework grade). I encourage parents to read the book as well and talk to their student about it. I also require the students complete reading logs weekly. The logs have a parent signature box. So parents can monitor the homework as well. The weekly quizzes make students accountable for the reading; therefore, I email parents if a student fails a quiz. This generally ensures more reading occurs the following week.
Keep in mind that the quizzes measure the progress students are making with their independent reading assignment. I did not bother with standards, literary skills, vocabulary, or reading skills because that is taught and assessed explicitly in class. These quizzes are simply verification of reading and general comprehension of plot, characters, settings, and conflict. So, there are no questions about theme, figurative language, vocabulary, etc. I only wanted to know if the students read and have a general understanding of the novel.