First Chapter Friday - Increase Independent Reading Options

First Chapter Friday - Increase Independent Reading Options
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Students will often say they don't like reading because they don't truly know what books are out there. One way to solve this is to SHOW them what books are out there with FIRST CHAPTER FRIDAY. You read the first chapter of a book, talk a little bit about it before/after reading, and the rest will fall into place.

I have created this handout to guide you and your students through First Chapter Friday.

I show the students the cover of the book and give them the summary. They tell me right then and there if they think they would read it. Next, I read the first chapter (or 5-7 pages depending on how much time I have) and the DRAW. When the draw, I always tell them that their drawings don't have to make sense to anyone but them. They can draw what's going on in the book, they can doodle, or whatever their heart desires - I just don't want their pencil to ever leave that paper.

Once I am done reading, they then will answer the questions on the bottom portion. We usually discuss what we liked and didn't like and go from there depending on time.

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Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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30 minutes
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