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Wanting to create or enhance an independent reading program? Literature circles, intervention lessons, book club, choice reading arrangements? Creating the materials can be overwhelming, but reading choice is crucial to students' growth as readers, perceptions of their abilities, engagement in class, and success in life.
These year-long teaching materials are intended to provide natural and enjoyable layers of accountability to your independent reading program, to motivate students to want to read, to provide the "why" for them, and to encourage them to be active readers even when reading independently. Plus, they will help you stay organized when every student is reading a different book!
These materials helped me to TRANSFORM the way I approached reading in my classroom. I developed them after seeing a need for a better, differentiated reading instruction approach for my students. The game changer, for my students, was not replacing curriculum with this program but using it to enhance instruction where my students needed it most.
In this bundle, you'll find teaching resources to support implementation of your own independent reading program. Be sure to download the bonus file for a unit overview and editable parent letter! Included, you will find:
- a reading interest inventory to gather data from students
- an editable parent letter to notify them about your program
- an engaging literacy presentation to help students see the relevance and importance of reading for fun
- a genre notes graphic organizer (should you choose to organize your study by genre as I do or discuss them as part of your choice reading program).
- independent reading journal prompts with built-in concise rubrics to hold students accountable for their reading, all of which require them to back up their thoughts with textual evidence
- discussion task cards for fiction and nonfiction, which allow students to talk about what they have read intelligently during discussions
- an after reading "I Read This!" activity which asks students to periodically reflect on the books they have completed...display the information around the room for other students to get an idea of what they might like to read next
- book spines that you can use to make a decorative "class reading shelf"...also a great way to keep track of how many books your class reads cumulatively throughout the year
- reading tracking pages so you can assess students' book diets and reading pace to quickly assess whole class and small group needs
- reading comprehension bookmarks for a quick and engaging way to track reading progress and understanding. These bookmarks cover a wide range of depth of knowledge prompts.
- reading reflection activities that encourage students to grow their love for reading, to expand their interests, and to think more purposefully about how they should be reading
- "Why Read?" classroom posters, including a fancy, a colorful and cute, and a black and white version
- a "Why Read?" reference sheet for students
- a summer reading list page and recommended reading lists for middle school and high school students
- reading and writing tips to share with parents at meet the teacher, back-to-school, or conferences
- book recommendation forms current students can fill out for future students' reference
- a Bookflix display kit with editable student activities
- a Narrative Literary Genres resource so that you can introduce and discuss different genres throughout the year
***Please note that the hyperlinked resources above are also available as separate, individual resources.
I designed these materials to coincide with my student-run book club, but you can use them for any independent or choice reading program. Obviously, every teacher will need to develop supporting materials for book clubs and other choice reading arrangements as the need arises, but this bundle will get you started on the right path. With elements of engagement, parent communication, organization, and accountability, you will be well on your way to a successful book club or other year-long independent reading arrangement!
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