Independent Reading Packet

Reading Spotlight
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5 pages
Reading Spotlight


NOW is the perfect time to encourage independent reading.

Students who do not read for pleasure often fall substantially behind their classmates who do read books of their own choice.

Reading success is cumulative, as is reading deficit and decline.

When we practice anything, whether it be golf, basketball, knitting, or reading, we get better at it. Today’s students need to appreciate the joys of choosing your own subject matter to read--something they don't often get to do in today's busy school year.

Designed for easy use by teachers and parents, this packet includes:

1. Instructions for use

2. Parent Letter

3. High level comprehension questions

4, Blog Post Links from Reading Spotlight that include links to good book lists

5. Independent Reading Record Sheet

Only one question has to be answered, but all questions are based on educational research about what actually motivates kids to read more.

The set also includes free or inexpensive ideas for parents and teachers to use as incentives because everyone needs a little bit of encouragement sometimes.

It is a simple redesign of Reading Spotlight’s Summer Reading Packet, eliminating the “summer“ aspect.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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