Motivating middle school students to read at home can be a challenge! If you're looking for an interesting, engaging spin on nightly reading logs, you've come to the right place. These fiction menus will get you out of your summary-writing rut and into a fun, interactive experience that your students will look forward to!
Advantages of Independent Reading Menus:
~ The variety of prompts and the opportunities that this assignment provides for creativity and critical thinking keep students excited.
~ The menu format provides choice and increases student investment in showing what they know.
~ The scaffolded prompts give all students a chance to be successful and give teachers the chance to target specific skills for specific students.
~ These menus are designed for use as a weekly homework assignment, but can be used in a variety of ways to best suit the needs of your students! The final page is a blank template. ☺
~ Before using this menu, set expectations for your Independent Reading Program, including:
o Time allocated to reading (class work or homework)
o Length of reading time
o Genre, length, and level of reading material
o Number of menu assignments to complete
o Type of menu assignment(s) to complete
o Due date
~ Squares = Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels 1-2
o For readers who need reinforcement with fundamental skills, such as recalling, summarizing, and inferring.
~ Circles = Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels 3-4
o For readers who are ready to apply information from texts into new contexts and formats.
~ Clouds = Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels 5-6
o For advanced readers who are ready for the challenge of creating, evaluating, and debating.