Reading

Our reading instruction has several components. First, reading strategies are taught through the use of read alouds and minilessons.  Students are expected to use these strategies during independent reading. In addition, students should always write their thoughts about their reading in their double entry journal. Students will participate in guided reading groups, which will focus on specific reading needs of the students. Finally, I will meet with students individually to discuss their reading.

In order to assess student progress, I have developed several grading rubrics, which are listed below. 

Independent Reading Rubric

Category

4321
Respects OthersStudent reads quietly  Student stays in one place in the reading areaStudent reads quietly Student moves around once or twice but does not distract othersStudent makes noises while reading Student stays in one place in the reading areaStudent reads loudly, making repeated noises Student fidgets or moves around frequently, disturbing others
Stays on TaskStudent works the entire period on independent reading, classwork, or guided reading activities Student does not require remindersStudent works most of the period on independent reading, classwork, or guided reading activities  Student works with minimal remindersStudent inconsistently works on independent reading, classwork, or guided reading activities Student requires reminders of assigned tasksStudent hardly ever works on independent reading, classwork, or guided reading activities Student needs constant reminders of assigned tasks
Chooses Appropriate BooksStudent chooses a book which has not been read before Text is a just right book Student chooses a book which has been read before or has not been read before Text is a bit too easy but has been approved by teacherStudent chooses a book which has not been read before Text is too easyStudent chooses a book which has been read many times before Text is too easy
Reading ComprehensionActively and effectively utilizes the core reading strategiesOften utilized the core reading strategies (sometimes ineffectively or inaccurately)Inconsistently uses the core reading strategies and/or is often inaccurately appliedHardly ever uses the core reading strategies and frequently inaccurate application of strategies

Reading Minilessons Rubric

4

3

2

1

Mini-Lesson

Consistently demonstrates understanding of concepts

 

Always participates in mini-lesson

Usually demonstrates understanding of concepts

 

Usually participates in mini-lesson

Sometimes demonstrates understanding of concepts

 

Sometimes participates in mini-lesson

Rarely or never demonstrates understanding of concepts

 

Rarely or never participates in mini-lesson