After many years of tweaking, I have finally compiled a list of questions for a pre-reading interest survey that are meaningful to both myself and my students. I pulled a few questions from Donalyn Miller’s book, The Book Whisperer, Steven Layne’s book. Igniting a Passion for Reading, and a couple of my own.
I give this interest survey to my students the first week of school and then sit down with my data notebook and take notes on their answers (example included in product). Their responses provide insight into what books they like to read, what topics they’re interested in, who they admire, etc. I use these notes in my data notebook throughout the year to make suggestions of books to my students and have book conversations during mini-conferences.
Let me know if you have any questions! –Kyla Quinn