Reader's University is a fun exploration of literature that encourages both reading and creativity. It was originally designed to be used in my 5th grade class for GATE and Advanced students during our Response to Intervention time, but was later revised to be used for Basic and above students. RU was later adopted for use in all 4th-6th grade classrooms during our RtI time.
Reader's University can be run as a stand alone classroom reading program or as a school-wide intervention program, being Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned. You can adopt the entire program, or select different parts to pursue.
Students work independently with the teacher acting as facilitator/academic advisor. The degree levels increase in depth and complexity as the students move through the levels. There are reading, writing, technology, and presentation requirements throughout the program.
My students love RU and always complain if we have to miss it! They love the independence they have and really stay focused as they create truly amazing projects. I've always been a proponent of project-based learning and I think you will find this to be perfect for your classroom.
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Student Work pages
AA Degree I'm An Expert Project
AA Degree Six Short Writing Tasks
BA Degree Reading of 10 Books with Projects
BA Degree Poetry Recitation
MA Degree Author Study
DA Degree Study of Voice
CCSS Standards Covered