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.

Teachers: We would love to hear from you. Please send us a link to your favorite classroom activities for independent reading.