Independent Reading. By: Danelle Keninger. One of the most important procedures for managing independent reading is to establish a routine. I have adapted a routine in my classroom from The book Guiding Readers and Writers grades 3-6 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.
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By: Danelle Keninger
One of the most important procedures for managing independent reading is to establish a routine. I have adapted a routine in my classroom from The book Guiding Readers and Writers grades 3-6 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.
This procedure takes about a month to get going in my classroom, but once implemented it works very well. Two important goals to independent reading is to help your students think of themselves as readers, therefore they need to be reading books they enjoy. Goal two is to establish a routine for independent reading.
After the first week or so of journal writing I do lessons on
proofreading and using the correct punctuation. I often show letters written without punctuation and that are not proofread and allow the students to correct these letters. I then explain my grading system for letters, the students get 1 point for having all the required parts of a friendly letter, 1 point for the author, 1 point for the title of the book and underlining it, 5 points for content, and 5 points for punctuation and proofreading. I remind the students of these requirements and post a rubric in the room as a reminder. Sometimes I read Punctuation Takes a Vacation with the class as a reminder as to how important using the correct punctuation.
Usually when I teach independent reading to my class I teach each one of these things separately one per day. I allow 20 minutes of independent reading each day and two or three times a week small group or whole class discussions and share. I remind the students daily of reading guidelines and usually after a few days they are doing very well with this. I have adapted this to fit my classroom from the book and strongly suggest you read the book and find out what works for your classroom. Overall I have found this works very well for my classroom and my students are reading more than ever. This has resulted incomprehending more of their reading.