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How many independent reading books do other English teachers require students 7th- 12th grade to read throughout the year? (I have students read one per quarter which is only four per year- I feel it may be too few though).

Jul 25, 2014 2:08pm

  • English Language Arts
  • 7 / 12
  • Assessment


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    • Jul 27, 2014 5:07am


      When I was teaching 7th grade, we were always so deep in novels that I only assigned independent reading in the summer. Basically, we were always reading a novel, and I encouraged a number of choices when we focused on a genre, such as memoir, science fiction, etc... but other than that, there were no outside requirements. Every morning, I read for 3-5 minutes from one of the YA books in my room to catch their interest and countless students choose to read those books because of the taste (read the juiciest part!)

      Katie Novak

      • Aug 10, 2014 3:48am

        Students should complete at least 4 novels throughout the year, this improves there reading habits and also their native language. As a teacher I get through 4 novels a year from Penguin publications. It's total hardcore literature and 90% of my class have improved their vocabulary in their daily use.


        • Sep 28, 2014 9:13pm

          Teaching 8th grade, both general and Pre-Ap, my students read an average of 100 pages a week. We do adjust the reading goal if a student is reading a very easy book or a more complex book. The students do have, at least, 15 minutes at the beginning of class each day to read their book of choice. They also read at home 15 - 20 mins. each night. My struggling readers will read a book in 2-3 weeks. My voracious readers will read 3 or 4 books a week.