Purpose of Reading Time: A structured session so you make reading a habit so you gain stamina as a reader, can try out new books and genres, and are encouraged as a reader as you move down further down the path of a life-long reader.
Reading Time May Also Include:
- Time for you to view book trailers or listen to book recommendations by other students, the teacher, or the librarian.
- Conversations amongst teacher and classmates, reflecting on the books you or others are reading.
- Listen to read-alouds of favorite passages from books classmates are reading.
- Time to update your reading log with book titles, dates, & pages read.
- Conference time with teacher about books you are reading. The teacher may:
- help you select reading books at your level
- review your written reading reflections with you
What You Do:
- Read for the entire allotted reading period. (You cannot do homework or read any material for another course.)
- You must read a book (no magazines or newspapers,) preferably one that tells a story (e.g. novels, histories and biographies rather than books of lists or facts where readers can’t sustain attention, build up speed and fluency, or grow to love good stories.)
- You must have a book in your possession when silent reading times starts.
- You may not talk or disturb the others.
- You may sit or recline wherever you like as long as feet don’t go up on the furniture and you follow rule #4.
- Please don’t ask to leave the room at this time. It disturbs others.
What the Teacher Does:
- Organizes book talks, book trailers, and read aloud segments for reading day.
- Organizes and maintains your reading records.
- Maintains an observation checklist for reading times.
- Helps suggest books for you to read.
- Talks with you about your reflections on your reading and your reading goals.
- Organizes the classroom library and helps sets up genre focus and activities for each quarter.