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Independent Reading Requirements & Deadlines
Due Date: 5/25/2018
Subject: English Language Arts

Independent Reading Requirements

·         Every student will be required to read an assigned amount of independent reading pages (class or school library books) per nine weeks grading period. This will count as two separate major grades each nine weeks. The first half of the required pages for each nine weeks will count toward the first grade, and the remaining pages will count toward the second. Due dates will be posted in the classroom and school Web site on my teacher page and are as follows:



Due Date for First Half of Pages

(Progress Report)

Due Date for Second Half of Pages

(Report Card)

1st Nine Weeks: 400 Pgs.

200 Pgs. Due by Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

200 Pages Due by Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

2nd Nine Weeks: 500 Pgs.

250 Pgs. Due by Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

250 Pgs. Due by Wed., Dec. 12, 2018

3rd Nine Weeks: 600 Pgs.

300 Pgs. Due by Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

300 Pgs. Due by Monday, Mar. 11, 2019

4th Nine Weeks: 600 Pgs.

300 Pgs. Due by Thurs., Apr. 18, 2019

300 Pgs. Due by Wed., May 15, 2019


***Due dates are subject to change. In the event of a change, students will be notified at least two weeks in advance, and I will post any changes on the board in our classroom under the “Due Dates” section.


·         Once a student has finished reading a book, it is the student’s responsibility to take an AR quiz on a class Chromebook or a computer in the library in order to “bank” the number of pages in the book. This may be completed during our daily independent reading time at the beginning of each class.


·         If a student receives a score of 70 or above on an AR quiz, the pages may be banked toward the amount due for the same nine weeks. A score of 60 may only be counted for 60% of the total number of pages. The student will then write the title of the book, AR quiz score, and number of pages in the class reading log. Failing scores do NOT count. If you fail an AR quiz, do NOT add this book to the class log.



·         Pages accumulate within the same nine weeks and do not roll over to the next nine weeks.


·         Students are responsible for keeping track of how many pages they have accumulated by using the total column in the reading log. Students, remember that I, too, will be checking your log for accuracy using my AR teacher account and personal calculator! Remember that honesty is ALWAYS the best policy!


·         Students who wish to do so may request a second log to keep in their personal binder to keep track of pages.



·         If an AR quiz for a book does not exist, the student can do a book talk with me by explaining the book’s plot and answering detailed questions about the book as I flip through the pages.


·         Graphic novels that look like comic books will only count as ¼ the number of pages in the book. Books that are half pictures and half paragraphs (such as The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series or Dork Diaries series) will count as ½ the total pages.


·         It is important that both parents and students keep track of the student’s progress in meeting the reading goal. I will give students ten to fifteen minutes of silent reading time at the beginning of class each day, but they will also need to read for at least thirty minutes each night at home. Those who wait until the last week of the nine weeks grading period to read may not be able to reach their page goal on time. Due dates for independent reading pages will be posted both in the classroom and online.