Independent Reading The best way to learn proper syntax and grammar and to increase your vocabulary is to read, read, read. Therefore, I require that you read one independent reading book per quarter. Think Mark Book: _____________________ Journals: In addition, you will Page: _____________________ compose thoughtful journal entries I noticed that: _______________ about the book, its themes, character development, style, etc. at least __________________________ once every two weeks. I will check these once every two weeks. Entries __________________________ must be 1-5 pages long. __________________________ Vocabulary: As you read, you must compile a vocabulary list of at least __________________________ 5 new words you discovered in your reading. I will review these once per New word: _________________ semester. Sentence in book: ___________ Grade: Your independent reading, __________________________ including your book selection, thoughtfulness of journal entries, __________________________ and collection of vocabulary, will be 15% of your grade. I bet it means: ______________ Book selection: The books can be __________________________ fiction or non-fiction and you may choose them on your own. However, the I looked it up and it means: goal is to read books of the quality __________________________ that we would read in class, but that we don’t have time to read together. __________________________ I recommend that you pick from the California Department of Education’s __________________________ California Reading List (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/readi Sentence using it properly:_____ nglist.asp). If you choose “beach books,” we will discuss this one-on- __________________________ one and I will give you the opportunity to defend the merit of __________________________ the book to me. If I am not persuaded, I will require that you __________________________ choose from the state list for the remainder of the year. One more requirement: this is English class; the book must be in English. The Public Library: I recommend that you join the public library if you are not already a member. The nearest branch is on Patrick Avenue, about a mile from here. You can check out books, movies and CDs. There is live homework help every school day afternoon and online help until 10 p.m.