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Independent Reading – most reading teachers will likely agree—is one of the most rewarding aspects of the reading curriculum. It’s also one of the hardest to manage. With every student reading at his/her own rate, and most reading different books, it’s hard to keep up! These exit slips helped me get it all under control.
After independent reading time, once or twice a week, I used one of these slips to check in with students on their reading progress. With these quick checks, I was able to
The strategies on the slips are based on Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. Each slip contains a place to record the book title, author, and current page number(s). Strategy instructions coach students to write a quick response from which you’ll gather plenty of insight into their reading, surprisingly quickly.
Additionally, you’ll find the exit slips can be used with class novels and short-stories. In fact, before assigning one for independent work, I highly suggest modeling it, using a text with which everyone is familiar. Doing so, will help improve both the thinking and writing you’ll get from individuals later.
November 2018 Update: As we find ourselves using laptops more and more, I created Google Doc versions of my tried-and-true exit slips. This download includes the original 12 exit slips and links to the Google versions—all of which are still fully editable!
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After moving out of the classroom to my current position as a literacy coach, I realized this concept could work equally well with informational texts across the curriculum. In response to needs I found in classrooms across my campus, I created a new set of exit slips that work for all content areas. I added eight additional exit slips, instructions/tips for how to use them, CCSS correlations, and labels for organizing the storage basket shown in the thumbnail image. These new exit slips are more nonfiction/informational text friendly, but will still work just as well with fiction:
If you're looking for materials to use with independent reading (novels), take a look at my Novel Response Activity for Independent Reading.
I use these Reading Strategy Exit Slips, the Novel Response Activity packet, and chapter-summaries to get a complete picture of a student's independent novel reading. It makes it a little harder for them to fake their reading!