How do you collect evidence of Reading Anchor Standard 10?
R. A.10. “Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.”
“Note on range and content of student reading
To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.” Source
How do we measure this goal?
Some teachers use reading logs and activities after reading. However, those aren’t always popular with students, especially students who would prefer to simply
Check out this post by seventh grader Paul Sinanis, “Yes, I Love to Read!”
Are teacher actions inadvertently causing students to read less?
Students today want voice and choice. Written book reports, especially 5 paragraph essays, are probably NOT working in many classrooms. Readers may simply not be “recording” the books that they are reading in order to be spared what they see as the mind-numbing expectations of an adult. Expectations that they don’t see as relevant. Collecting titles and comments as part of a portfolio of a reader / writer may appeal to some students. But what else can be used? (This post about reading goals had some options to consider.)
Are you adding book covers to your classroom door?
Do you list what you are currently reading at the bottom of your email?
Do you talk about the books you’ve read?
How do YOU share your reading life with your students?
Are YOU, the teacher, using the same mechanisms for reporting that you require of your students?
How do we know what our Reader-in-Chief is reading? We have been fortunate to have a President that reads for the last 8 years. And his reading has been well-documented by the press in pictures, articles, and lists. Check out the New York Times story or Electric Literature’s summary of President Obama’s reading here for two different perspectives on reading and the President.
What are the possibilities that you could consider?
A top 10 list?
A top 5 list?
A “TBR” picture?
An adaptation of Car Karaoke?
A conversation with a reader?
How will we know that YOU are a reader? What evidence will YOU share?
Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.