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					                                            Independent Reading

                                    20 minutes/day = 1million words/year

It seems obvious, but one of the most important things to do to become a better reader is read. You will
read a lot of different things in classes and be forced to take tests on what you read or write papers about it.
However, reading for personal enjoyment and yourself is just as important to becoming a better reader.

Ms. Krabbenhoft’s take on reading—One of my favorite parts of reading is that it allows me to meet new
people, travel to new places, and explore worlds that are completely different from my own. There are
times at school when I completely forget that I am here. Whether you want to hang out with vampires,
travel to New Zealand, or play basketball in inner city Los Angles, reading can take you to places you’ve
never been.

The Basics
    1. You get to choose what you read instead of the teacher.
    2. Your book choices should be something you are interested in and enjoy.
    3. Your book choices must have more words than pictures.
    4. Your book choices must be something your parents/guardians, if asked, would allow you to read.
    5. Bring the book that you are currently reading to class everyday. I encourage you to bring it to all
       your other classes as well.
    6. The goal is to get you reading more just for fun.
    7. Many of you will be able to complete this assignment by using FOCUS time alone. Some of you
       will need to read outside of class.

Grading
1 = F (50%)       Exploring
     Turn in a log sheet documenting you read one book.
2 = D- (60%)               Beginning
     Turn in a log sheet documenting you read two books.
3 = C- (70%)               Developing
     Turn in a log sheet(s) documenting that you read three books.
4 = B- (80%)               Proficient
     Turn in a log sheet(s) documenting that you read four books.
     Turn in one book project from the list below.
5 = A- (90%)               Strong
     Turn in a log sheet(s) documenting that you read five books.
     Turn in one book project from the list below.
     Make an appointment with Ms. Krabbenhoft—before school, during lunch, or after school—to
         talk about the books you read.
6 = A+ (100%) Exemplary
     Turn in a log sheet(s) documenting that you read six books.
     Turn in one book project from the list below.
     Do one book talk for the class about a book you read.

Book Talks
A book talk is intended to get other people excited about a book you really like. You should not give
detailed descriptions of the plot. Instead, you should focus on why you liked it, what it made you think
about, how you personally connected with it, and why other people might really like the book. It is a good
idea to read a small excerpt from the book to give the audience a little teaser that might make them want to
pick the book up.
OPTION ONE---The Letter
Write a letter, a minimum of one full page, about your book that focuses on your thoughts and feelings
about the book. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? What sort of people might
enjoy reading your book? What connections can you make between this book and other books, your life, or
the world around you? What did this book make you think or feel? What did you learn from the book?
What did you like best about the book? Explain why.

OPTION TWO--The Book Poster
Choose six important quotations from the book. Create a poster that incorporates all six, and illustrate each
quotation, either literally or symbolically. Be prepared to defend the decisions you made and the
illustrations. While you may not be Picasso, your illustrations should reflect time, effort, and energy.

OPTION THREE--Daily SSR Journal (Minimum of 18 entries)
On a daily basis, date and record a brief journal entry. You might consider the following prompts to help
get you started:
                   I got confused when...                                 I figured out that...
                   I was distracted by...                                 I first thought...but then I
                   I started to think about...                            realized...
                   The time went quickly because...                       This connects to...
                   I stopped because..                                    I still am wondering...
                                                                          I predict that...

OPTION FOUR--Character astrology signs.
After reading brief descriptions of the astrology or sun signs, figure out which signs you think three of the
main characters from you book were born under. Write an explanation of why you think they fit the sign,
drawing on their actions, attitudes, and thoughts from the book. Include specific evidence from the text to
support your choices.

OPTION FIVE--Social workers report.
If the events in the novel merit it, write up a report as a social worker would on the conditions in the home
and whether or not it's a good environment for a child. As a social worker, what recommendations would
you make to improve the living situation of the character(s)?

OPTION SIX--Chat room conversations.
Imagine that your character has found other people to talk with while in a chat room he or she found while
surfing the Internet. Describe the chat room your character would be drawn to and why your character
would be interested in the people in the chat room. Then construct the conversation your character had with
others while in the chat room.

OPTION SEVEN--Negotiate something that works for you.
If you prefer to create your own individualized response to your book(s) that does not fit into one of the
categories above, you may negotiate an alternative with Mr. Sanderson. YOU MUST GET PRIOR
APPROVAL.


Due Dates 2007-2008
1st Quarter October 29
2nd Quarter January 20
3rd Quarter April 7
4th Quarter June 5

				
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