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Want a way to excite students to track their reading so that they are motivated to choose just right books? We need to teach students that it's okay to read books that are a little hard, and it's perfectly fine to read books that are easy...just for fun! But, the real value of independent reading happens when students can select books that are both entertaining and the appropriate reading level. My reading ladder can help by providing a visual reminder of the power of book choice.
Ladder: Use this reading ladder as a tracking sheet or reading tracker, a reading reflection, or just as a supplemental way to help students monitor their reading choices. The purpose of the ladder is to help you lead a conversation about what books are worth reading...all of them! And also to discuss how sometimes it's important to work through hard books and ask for help. Other times, it's fun to read picture books and short novels that bring smiles to our faces.
You will find an additional brainstorming ladder in this resource that has questions to help students reflect on books they've already read that are boring, entertaining, just right, challenging, and frustrating.
Bookshelves: The bookshelves that correspond with each level of the ladder will help students tangibly track how many books they are reading at each level. Ideally, the majority of books students will be reading will be on the Just Right shelf. However, asking them to track books they've read that are easy and hard can help to frame our conversations about perseverance and self-monitoring. My reading ladder can help you have those discussions.
Students will also have a place to record the number of books they have finished and those they have abandoned...because...that matters, too.
You may decide to have students color code the books on the shelves or the rungs on the ladder to indicate genre, rating, and etcetera.
Versions: For your convenience, this resource includes both a PDF and a partially editable PPT file so that you can tweak the wording to fit the language you use with your students.
Optional: Students can color the reading ladder and bookshelves as they please.
This reading ladder is perfect for so many grade levels. My first grade son enjoys using it, and it would work well through high school. You may find it helpful to give parents a copy to help their children keep track of independent reading experiences at home.
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