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
- familiarize myself with new titles by reading student responses
- hold students accountable for reading during the allotted time
- teach students to read with purpose by distributing the exit slip at the start of independent reading time
- track reading progress (or lack of) through the header information
- share concrete evidence of this progress with parents at conferences
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.
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!