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Getting Started: The First 20 Days of Independent Reading
Transcript of Getting Started: The First 20 Days of Independent Reading
Day 1: Selecting Books and Enjoying Silent Reading
We have specific ways to select and return books in our classroom so that we all can find them easily.
We read silently and do not talk with others so we can do our best thinking while reading.
Day 2: How Readers Choose Books
Readers choose books in many different ways.
Students learn how to maintain the organized classroom book collection.
The routines of silent individual reading are established.
Students use several different kinds of information to help them choose books.
Students think carefully about book choice.
Day 3: Making Good Book Choices
Books can be easy, just-right, or challenging for a reader.
Readers should choose just-right books most of the time.
Readers have criteria to judge whether a book is just right for independent reading.
Day 4: Thinking and Talking About Your Reading
Readers are always thinking about what they understand and about how they feel about what they understood.
Readers can talk about their thinking.
Readers are aware of their thinking and remember it in order to share with other readers.
Readers talk with each other about their thinking.
Day 5: How to Buzz With Each Other
We can do our best talking about reading when we "buzz" well with a partner or small groups.
Students learn how to listen to each other and share effectively as partners or in small groups.
Day 6: Abandoning Books
Sometime readers abandon a book for specific reasons.
Students learn that, after a good try, they may have a reason to abandon a book.
Day 7: Distinguishing Between Fiction and Nonfiction
There are two types of books: fiction and nonfiction
Students are able to distinguish between two types of books as a foundation for learning about genre.
Day 8: Different Kinds of Fiction - Different Kinds of Nonfiction
There are many different kinds of fiction.
There are many different kinds of nonfiction.
Each genre has specific characteristics. Students learn to categorize types of fiction and types of nonfiction so that they can vary their reading.
Day 9: Keeping a Record of Your Reading
Readers keep a list of books they've read so that they can evaluate the breadth of their reading.
Students will begin to use section one of their reader's notebook.
Students begin to record books they have read using specific procedures.
Day 10: Guidelines for Reading Workshop
As readers and writers, we follow specific guidelines to work together and help one another do our best learning.
Students learn to use section three in their reader's notebook.
Students are aware of and follow specific guidelines for independent reading.