Independent Reading

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Literary Terms: definitions

What do wide awake readers do?

Reading Habits

  • Setting a purpose for reading
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Using prior knowledge to make high- and low level inferences
  • Determining what’s important
  • Asking questions to check for understanding and fuel new understanding
  • Varying reading rate and strategy based on the reader’s level of understanding

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Literary Terms: definitions

Writing Reading Responses


A. READING LOG Keep a personal reading log up to date in your Google Drive reading folder: Reading Log 

Keep an ongoing list of books you read during the year on a document in your Google Drive Humanities Reading folder.

  • Write down the book when you start reading it.
  • Complete the information about your book when you finish it.
  • Organize your reading list by quarters with all the books read each quarter beneath the title, Quarter 1 or Quarter 2, or Quarter 3, etc.
  • List all the books you read.
  • Include the following items in this order for each book:

Keep notes about your independent reading book as you read. Track your thinking, making it visible, and develop new thinking about your reading through taking notes about your reading. You will need a minimum of one note every reading day. Notes are based on reading lessons we are having in class, as well as your own interests and questions. Notes on your reading show your mind at work and show you preparing to talk about your book on paper and/or in writing.  Link for your reading notes and reflections form is here. Also, use these symbols to help you write your notes.

Post your reading responses  on your reading document in your reading folder on Google Drive. Put the most recent response on top of the previous response. We will frequently discuss our reading with classmates, and will respond to each other about what we are reading in writing as a way to practice expanding and deepening our thoughts about books.

Reading Response Rubric  for Fiction we will use to guide us in that effort. Here is the Non-fiction Reading-Response-Rubric.

READING RESPONSE TEMPLATE: put things in this order.

Book Title
Page you are on out of total number of pages
Date Begun & finished
Book Level (see the AES library catalog or Scholastic Book Wizard)
Rating 1-5 (1=didn’t like it 5=loved it)

Include this same information above for your 2nd book, your 3rd, etc.

Example Reading Reflection notes.

E. Reading partners. You will have reading partners through the year, and these may change and possibly even grow into book clubs at various points. Share your reading techniques and thought to help encourage each other as readers. These practices can help you develop your reading muscle and take charge of your reading life!

F. Reading aloud with fluency, power and grace. We will have opportunities to use our voices to enhance the emotions and meaning of sections of the stories we are reading.

G. Reflecting on your reading. How has your reading been going for you? This is a question we will come to periodically, looking back over our reading lists and book notes, noticing the genres we’ve been reading, when our reading volume goes up or down, the authors we most enjoy, genres we’ve not yet tried, the kinds of questions we ask ourselves as readers, and the kinds of understandings we are coming to through our reading. When do we write short reflections, when long? Where are we really pushing ourselves to push our thinking to a deeper level, and when not? Here is a reading reflection checklist.

When  you get stuck when reading try ideas listed here:

Reading Reflections:

Basic Questions for Self-evaluation
Self-evaluation reading

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