Independent Reading Program: "Book of the Month" (Grades 6-8) DISTANCE LEARNING

Secondary Sara
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Ready to add more independent reading to your middle school classroom? 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 CCSS-aligned “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, 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 a folder to serve as a Reading Portfolio for the school year!

• 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... There's also a High School version of the Book of the Month!)

This 30-page/slide download of fully-editable documents includes:

• A Teacher’s Guide

• Anticipation Guides: 2 half-page activities to jump-start honest discussions

• Reading Survey: gather background information

• Overview/Directions page for students and/or parents

• Student Bookmark with reminders

• All-Year Rubric: Track monthly grades for RL.10

• Post-Assessment Survey for the end of the year

• Student Reading Logs, one for each grade level 6-8, to track the year at-a-glance

• Genre Checklists for each grade level, including grade-specific CCSS Reading Lit standards

• “To-Read List” form: use as students brainstorm books/ genres

• 1-Month Calendar (2 versions): built-in reminders & formative questions

• Monthly “Reaction Form”: ratings and short questions to check for understanding

• A list of 20 books and corresponding movie versions to help with standard RL.6.7, RL.7.7, and RL.8.7

• Teacher Checkpoint Log: chart for your clipboard to track student page numbers at-a-glance each month

• Teacher Checkpoint (Display version): watch progress bars move as students complete their books

• Teacher’s Gradebook charts, one for each grade

• Vocabulary log

• PDF copies of all files in addition to the editable Word docs!

The Teacher’s Guide includes:

• Information for your unit and lesson plans, including CCSS standards, “I Can” statements, and Essential Questions

• A list of 26 ways to differentiate this project to gifted, progressing, or reluctant readers.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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