Independent reading accountability can be tricky, since you want your students to fall in love with reading and NOT feel like you are breathing down their necks.
Check in with your student readers AND build reading momentum for your class by having students record short video reviews of their books. Let them know your goal is to share these reviews, either by playing a few in class before reading time to help other students find new books, by creating a private class Instagram channel chock full of awesome book reviews, or even by putting up a class Youtube channel (if your school is OK with that).
This way you keep the focus on sharing great books, and that helps independent reading feel more like a joy, and less like a duty. You will get to see whether your students are reading when you watch their videos, and you can give them some credit and talk to the kids who are struggling. But the goal of the project is not so much to earn a grade as it is to reach an authentic audience with important information.
Inside this curriculum set you will find the handout explaining the video assignment, as well as a quick and easy rubric you can use as you watch them.
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This activity is also part of my full independent reading program, a solid, year-long solution to the "I hate reading" problem. I think you're going to love it!