Independent Reading

  • Independent Reading Program
    Structured independent reading is an important part of our sixth grade curriculum.   Allowing students to choose their own books and giving them quality time to read is an important step toward exciting students about literacy. 

    An increase in the amount of time a child is reading is one of the best ways for you to:
    •    learn new vocabulary and information
    •    increase fluency and accuracy
    •    improve reading comprehension
    •    notice authors’ writing styles, which in turn helps their own writing
    •    develop a greater interest in reading and learning
    •    develop a love of reading!

    With that in mind, an important part of our classroom reading program will be 20-25 minutes of structured independent reading on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Students will be expected to bring their independent book on those days, and I will be regularly checking their progress in their book.  While students are quietly reading, I will be monitoring their reading development through individual reading conferences and whole class checks. 

    Hopefully students will find this to be a great opportunity to enjoy a good book!

    As students, your important role is to make sure you always have a book that matches your reading level and personal interests. You are welcome to choose books from our classroom or school library, borrow from a friend or the public library or choose one from your own collection.

      One of the best ways to get and stay ahead in school is reading.  Although we will be reading many novels as a class, you will also need an independent book to read at home and in class.  The best independent reading books match your ability level and interests.  Check out the lists below to help find a book that excites you!

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        » Quick and Simple Book Talks
        » The Book-Hive!

      Choose Your Next Book!

      "The quiet magic of Goodnight Moon grows into the zaniness of Dr. Seuss and widens into the dazzlement of Harry Potter then matures into the straight talk of Judy Blume and the gritty reality of The Outsiders. Such is the amazing journey children take through books."

      What has your journey through books been like? What book will you choose next?