Managing self-selected reading, whether as a center or as a whole-class activity, can be difficult. How do you assure that students are actually reading?
I solved this issue in my classroom by asking the students to use an “SSR Monitoring Sheet.” It’s not so labor intensive that it requires a lot of time to complete, but it helps hold students accountable to reading. You can use it as a grade or even ask random students to share their responses each day at the end of SSR. I’ve found that collecting the sheets and assigning an effort grade motivates my students to complete it and do a good job with it. I also respond either verbally or on the monitoring sheet when they note confusing words or questions.
There is a monitoring sheet for Informational Text and one for Literature, with CCSS noted at the bottom of each sheet.