Classroom Activities and Strategies
What does independent reading look like in the classroom? Sometimes students are on an independent path (see Penny Kittle’s Book Love) and sometimes students are reading in pairs or groups (see any of the below material on lit circles). Many teachers, even in secondary school, require some amount of actual reading in class.
Some offer limited choice (a choice between six books in a Literature Circle, for example), but many are finding that the more choice they can offer, the more successful they are.
For activities for elementary school, see the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project resources page for a trove of resources. For secondary school teachers, you might start with the NCTE resources page, or see below for some specifics.
- Roles in Literature Circles (The Teaching Channel)
- Questions to Ask of Any Literature (middle and high school) (From Loose Canon) Download
- Using Book Clubs in the LS Classroom (from NCTE)
- Using Lit Circles in the LS and MS classroom (from Katherine Schlick Noe, PhD)
- Teaching Annotation (from NCTE)
- The Commonplace Book (middle and high school) Download
- Literaturecircles.com (Harvey Daniels)
- Spotlight Reading (from Roy Smith at aplithelp.com)
- Incorporating Independent Reading in AP LIt (Lindsey Schneider at aplithelp.com)
- Strategies to Engage Reluctant Readers in Independent Reading (Adrian Nester on aplithelp.com)
Teachers: We would love to hear from you. Please send us a link to your favorite classroom activities for independent reading.