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Independent Reading Assignment

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

    ~James Bryce


Below are the directions and requirements for the Independent Reading project.  In order to meet all requirements, you are expected to read EVERY week and answer one posted question every two weeks.  Keep reading and keep writing!


                    Reading Requirements for Periods 1, 2, 3, 8:

  • Read a minimum of 50 pages per week in a personally chosen novel.

  • Novels can be from any genre.  It’s your choice BUT it MUST at least be on an 8th grade reading level or higher.  Pick something that will keep your interest.

  • Log how many pages you read per day on your log sheet.  You may read more than 50 pages per week if you choose to.  Fifty pages per week is a minimum, which does not earn you a “A” for your reading grade.

  • If one week you go over the minimum 50 page requirement, the extra pages you read do not count for the next week’s 50 pages.  They are just used to improve your reading grade.

  • Once you have completed one book, you have to begin reading another one.  You should constantly be reading throughout the year.

  • While reading, keep track of important parts of the book, favorite quotes, exciting events, and so forth.  This will help you when you answer the questions.


                   Reading Requirements for Period 7:

  • Read a minimum of 70 pages per week in a personally chosen novel.

  • Novels can be from any genre.  It’s your choice BUT it MUST at least be on an 8th grade reading level or higher.  Pick something that will keep your interest.

  • Log how many pages you read per day on your log sheet.  You may read more than 70 pages per week if you choose to.  Fifty pages per week is a minimum, which does not earn you a “A” for your reading grade.

  • If one week you go over the minimum 70 page requirement, the extra pages you read do not count for the next week’s 70 pages.  They are just used to improve your reading grade.

  • Once you have completed one book, you have to begin reading another one.  You should constantly be reading throughout the year.

  • While reading, keep track of important parts of the book, favorite quotes, exciting events, and so forth.  This will help you when you answer the questions.



    Writing Requirements:

  • At some point, every two weeks, you must go onto Google Classroom.  

  • There you will find three questions posted every other week.  You must choose one of those three questions and answer it directly in the Google Form that will be attached to the announcement.

  • All responses must follow the RACER format

    • R=Restate the question

    • A=Answer the question (thesis)

    • C=Cite evidence to support answer (2 are required)

    • E=Explain your cites

    • R=Reflect on the answer

  • Your response must be 200-250 words.  You must keep your response between those numbers…no more…no less.

  • Your response will be due every other Friday, which means it must be posted no later than the Sunday the response is due.  However, you may answer the question any time during those two weeks.  It DOES NOT have to be (and should not be) answered on the day it is due!  You have TWO FULL WEEKS to answer the question..don’t wait until the last minute!

  • All responses must be grammatically and mechanically correct.  For example, capital letters at the beginning and punctuation at the end of every sentence, correct spelling, clear ideas…etc.  Because we are using Google Forms, you will not be able to italicize or underline the title of the book you are reading; therefore, you may use quotation marks for this project...even though quotation marks are not the correct punctuation to use.

  • Late responses will be penalized at the discretion of the teacher.

  • If you are having issues with the site / form, you MUST speak to me before the due date.  Notifying me on the day the response is due will result in a potential late grade and a loss of points.  


Due Dates for Periods 1, 2, 3, 8:

Week #’s

From – To

Response Due Date

Weeks 1-2 (100 pages)

Dec. 5 - Dec. 18

December 18

Weeks 3-4 (200 pages)

Dec. 19 - Jan. 1

January 1

Weeks 5-6 (300 pages)

Jan. 2 - Jan. 15

January 15

*** Project Ends for MP 2 ***


Log Sheets Due Jan. 16

Weeks 7- 8 (100 pages)

Jan. 16 - Jan. 29

January 29

Weeks 9 – 10 (200 pages)

Jan. 30 - Feb. 12

February 12

Weeks 11 – 12 (300 pages)

Feb. 13 - Feb. 26

February 26

Weeks 13 – 14 (400 pages)

Feb. 27 - Mar. 12

March 12

***Project Ends for MP 3 ***


Log Sheets Due March 13

Weeks 15 – 16 (100 pages)

Mar. 13 - Mar. 26

March 26

Weeks 17 – 18 (200 pages)

Mar. 27 - Apr. 9

April 9

Weeks 19 – 20 (300 pages)

Apr. 10 - Apr. 23

April 23

Weeks 21 – 22 (400 pages)

Apr. 24 - May 7

May 7

Weeks 23 – 24 (300 pages)

May 8 - May 21

May 21

***Project Ends for MP 4***


Log Sheets Due May 22



Due Dates for Period 7:

Week #’s

From – To

Response Due Date

Weeks 1-2 (140 pages)

Dec. 5 - Dec. 18

December 18

Weeks 3-4 (280 pages)

Dec. 19 - Jan. 1

January 1

Weeks 5-6 (420 pages)

Jan. 2 - Jan. 15

January 15

*** Project Ends for MP 2 ***


Log Sheets Due Jan. 16

Weeks 7- 8 (140 pages)

Jan. 16 - Jan. 29

January 29

Weeks 9 – 10 (280 pages)

Jan. 30 - Feb. 12

February 12

Weeks 11 – 12 (420 pages)

Feb. 13 - Feb. 26

February 26

Weeks 13 – 14 (560 pages)

Feb. 27 - Mar. 12

March 12

***Project Ends for MP 3 ***


Log Sheets Due March 13

Weeks 15 – 16 (140 pages)

Mar. 13 - Mar. 26

March 26

Weeks 17 – 18 (280 pages)

Mar. 27 - Apr. 9

April 9

Weeks 19 – 20 (420 pages)

Apr. 10 - Apr. 23

April 23

Weeks 21 – 22 (560 pages)

Apr. 24 - May 7

May 7

Weeks 23 – 24 (700 pages)

May 8 - May 21

May 21

***Project Ends for MP 4***


Log Sheets Due May 22


Wow! Overall, if you follow the guidelines and read the minimum requirement a week for the school year, you will have read over 1000 pages!  That’s amazing!

Example of format for posting:

Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

When I first started to read the book, I found all of the characters to have a special quality about them, and I did find the pants to be a little “magical”!  The pants seem to bring the girls closer together and help them through whatever problems they are facing.   My favorite character in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” is Bridget.  Lena was cultured, Tibby was grounded, and Carmen was sensitive.  But, Bridget was the one character that was brave enough to do what she wanted, when she wanted.  She doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants, and she’s not embarrassed about it.  For example, when she is away at soccer camp, she is persistent and determined to get what she wants.  She dominates on the soccer field, and even catches the eye of her crush!

I appreciate her character because, in a way, she is someone I would like to be.  Someone who’s not afraid to go out and get whatever it is she wants.  Her determination and drive inspire me to be a little braver in my own life.  Although I am not finished reading the book and do not know if her determination will help her succeed, I still feel that whether she wins or loses, she still has “one up” on me.  I would never have the courage to do half of the things she has already done in the book.  Who knows?  Maybe her courage really does come from the pants?


THIS RESPONSE IS 248 WORDS!  SEE?  IT’S SIMPLE!