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Expectations for Independent Reading

Independent Reading Expectations

How often do I need to read?

You will be expected to read for 20-30 minutes each weeknight.  You will also need to bring your book with you to class EVERYDAY!  

How much should I be reading?

By the end of the year, your goal is to read 20 different books!  Depending on your reading speed, you should read between 10- 20 pages a night.  Less than 10 pages means you are not reading for long enough.  Every 150 pages counts as 1 book.  For example, if you read a book that is 300 pages, you will get credit for 2 books.  You need to finish at least one book (150 pages) every 3-4 weeks.  You will earn a free book for every 1,500 pages you read!!!

How do I know what to read?

You can choose to read any book you would like.  You can read fiction or nonfiction.  You need to make sure that it is a book that you can comprehend on your own.  After reading the first 2-5 pages, ask yourself the following questions:  

1.  Were there more than five words on each page that I didn’t know? (If yes, ask yourself if the word choice is making it hard for you to comprehend.)

2.  Can I summarize what I just read either in my head or out loud for someone else?  Is the book making me think?  (If you said no to either question, you might be able to read this book with help from an adult, but it’s probably not a good book for you to read on your own.)

Is there anything I need to do while reading the book I chose?

After reading, you will be asked to stop and jot something down in your reader’s notebook at school.  While you don’t need to stop to write things down while reading at home, you may want to keep a post-it nearby in class you come across something you want to record when you get to school the next day.

What do I do when I finish a book?

You will be sharing what you read with your classmates.  That way we’ll get to hear about lots of great books throughout the school year.  When you finish your book, you will sign up to share.  Here are your options for sharing:

1.  Prepare a 2 minute Book Talk presentation, in which you will tell your classmates about the book you read.  You will need to bring the book and one notecard with notes about what you will say.  


2.  Create a book trailer, which is like a preview for a movie, to play for your classmates.  

At the end of each quarter, you will be celebrating and reflecting on the reading you’ve done while also setting new goals along the way. You will be given a grade each quarter for the number of pages read/books completed.


I, __________________________, have read and understand the independent reading expectations.  

Student Signature_______________________________________________________  Date _______________

Parent Signature _______________________________________________________   Date _______________

Just remember, the most important thing is that you enjoy what you read! Happy reading!