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Independent Reading Grade Second 200 Pages 1st Nine Weeks
Due Date: 10/13/2017
Subject: English Language Arts

Please see notes for the first independent reading grade. If necessary, students may check out a class library book or read a book from home to finish their independent reading pages. 

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Independent Reading First 200 Pages 1st Nine Weeks
Due Date: 9/13/2017
Subject: English Language Arts

     Students will receive two independent reading grades per nine weeks in order to improve their reading skills. For each nine weeks, they are required to read at least 500 pages (2nd, 3rd, and 4th nine weeks). They may choose multiple books to achieve this goal as long as the books are age-appropriate (no Dr. Seuss!). Once a student has finished reading a book, he/she must take an AR quiz. If the student passes the test, he/she is allowed to bank the number of pages contained in the book toward the 500-page goal.

     For the first nine weeks only, I have decided to decrease the number of required independent reading pages to 400 since students are unable to check out school and class library books until August 23. They begin borrowing classroom library books to read at the beginning of class on Tuesday, August 15. The first 200 pages of the first nine weeks are due Friday, September 13, 2017. This counts as the first of two independent reading test grades. The second is due at the end of the nine weeks on Friday, October 13, 2017. The independent reading grade is based on the number of pages students accumulate. Banking the first 200 pages means a student earns a 100, and the second 200 pages count as a second independent reading test grade for an additional possible 100. I have a grading scale for amounts below 200, but if a student reads no pages, he/ she will receive a zero.

     Mrs. Jones has implemented a flexible library schedule, so students are able to check books in and out as frequently as needed in order to complete their page goals. Students who fail an AR quiz may reread the book and retake the quiz when ready. They have been informed to use their study hall time to read, and they also have ten to fifteen minutes of silent reading time at the beginnning of class each day. In addition, I have asked that each student spend at least twenty minutes a day reading at home as part of his/her homework for my class. I can't say thank you enough to those of you who continue to support your children by encouraging them to read their library books at home! Thank you! You are making a world of difference in the education of your child by encouraging him or her to read.