Independent Reading: "Book of the Month" for High School (Grades 9-10 & 11-12)

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Ready to add more independent reading to your high school English class? Want to try reader’s workshop? Hoping to bring in more fiction that’s differentiated to student interests? Track genres and progress without expensive programs, points, or book reports!

My “Book of the Month” program was first used in an urban high school class in which students prided themselves on never having finished a book before. By the end of the year, they were no longer reluctant readers and had read a total of 9 self-chosen books (in addition to our whole-class reads). I further edited this system after completing a master’s degree, a year as a literacy specialist, and experience as a middle school language arts teacher.

This “Book of the Month” system is a great way to add routine reading into the year.
• Instead of lengthy assignments that kill the joy of books, simple logs and calendars track student achievement without adding so much work that the reading feels like work, too.
• Each month’s paperwork can be assessed, but the data can also be collected in for your data or portfolio purposes.
• Surveys at the beginning and end of the year can also serve as evidence of change in student attitudes and abilities.

This download includes everything you need to jumpstart an independent reading program, whether you launch it for the full year or condense it into one semester. You can either use the suggested timeline for genres, or change what books are read which months.

(Psst...See what customers thought of the middle school version of this product.)

This 30+ page/slide download of fully-editable documents includes:
• A 4-page Teacher’s Guide (see below)
• Anticipation Guides: 2 half-page activities to build community and jump-start honest discussions about reading
• Reading Survey to gather background information on student interests and experiences
• Post-Assessment Survey for the end of the year
• Student Reading Logs, one for each grade level 9-12, to track the year at-a-glance
• Genre Checklists for each grade level, including grade-specific CCSS Reading Literature standards
• “To-Read List” form to use as students brainstorm books and genres
• 1-Month Calendar template with built-in progress reminders and formative questions
• Monthly “Reaction Form” with ratings and short questions to check for understanding
• A list of 26 books and corresponding movie versions to help with standard RL.11-12.7
• Teacher Checkpoint Log: a one-page chart for your clipboard to track student page numbers at-a-glance each month
• Teacher’s Gradebook charts, one for each grade, AND an at-a-glance RUBRIC to use one piece of paper for the whole year (for RL.9-10.10 and RL.11-12.10).
• Bookmarks with reminders for each grade
• PDF copies AND editable Word documents

The Teacher’s Guide includes:
• Information for your unit and lesson plans, including CCSS standards, “I Can” statements, and Essential Questions
• A list of 20+ ways to differentiate this project to gifted, progressing, or reluctant readers, plus helpful links

Last File Update: July 2014

NOTE: This product is included in my Bell-Ringers for English Class Bundle. Check it out to save 20% on a year of class warm-ups!

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