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Engaging Readers:
Managing Independent Reading
Emily Kissner
Bendersville Elementary School
@ELKissner
elkissn@gmail.com
About me
What do you think?
Use this Google Form so that we
can find out about participants.
Benefits of reading choice
There is a strong correlation
between time spent reading and
reading achievement. (Allington,
2...
Benefits of reading choice
Fifteen minutes of
reading in-school per
day can lead to gains,
especially with
on-grade and be...
Benefits of reading choice
Access to a wide variety of
books, both fiction and
nonfiction, and choice of what
to read are ...
Challenges of reading
choice
Instead of being
engaged with books,
kids will just “pretend
read”.
Challenges of reading
choice
I don’t have enough
books for a classroom
library.
Challenges of reading
choice
I have so much to cover,
there’s no time for
reading!
Setting the scene
Build a classroom
library so that your
students ALWAYS
have access to books.
Setting the scene
I like to collect
nonfiction books that
correlate to science
topics in large bins that
I can rotate in a...
Setting the scene
Used books can be
purchased at the
Friends of the Library
bookstore at the
Gettysburg Library
Setting the scene
This year’s Used Book
Sale will be August 1-4
at Redding Auction
House, with the bag
sale on Saturday
Bo...
Book Clubs
Scholastic book orders
can be a way to get
books. One or two
parent purchases can
get you bonus points!
Book Cl...
Selecting Books
● Mix of fiction and nonfiction
● Picture books and novels
● Graphic novels
● Books that showcase diversit...
Putting together your library
Instead of a complicated
sorting technique, I keep
books in bins by author
and genre, and “o...
Reading from Day 1
Gather the most exciting,
most high-interest books
you have and spread
them out through
multiple browsi...
Reading from Day 1
You’ll have some readers with
specific requests, while
others will enjoy browsing.
Work the room! Lots ...
Moving forward
Slowly increase the amount of time
that you expect students to spend
reading. Build stamina with a smile!
A...
Keeping track of books
Slowly introduce checking
out of books. For the first two
weeks, I don’t let students
take books ho...
Keeping track of books
With 6th graders, my
expectation is one
book/month. Here you can
see my super-amazing
tracking syst...
Building a routine
Work with your readers to create a list of
non-negotiables for independent reading
time. Usually:
● Eve...
Guiding readers
When students ask me for a
book recommendation, I
choose 3: one very similar
to their previous book, one
o...
Guiding readers
Teach readers to use the
language of literature to
describe their preferences!
“First-person” or
“third-pe...
Adding accountability
Written responses to reading are totally
OPTIONAL! If you have kids reading 15
minutes daily and com...
Long term goals
Wide reading
OR
Narrow reading?
Exploring Books
What books do you want to check
out? This is your chance!
References
The Value of Independent Reading: Analysis of Research.
https://www.hmhco.com/~/media/sites/home/classroom/shop...
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  1. 1. Engaging Readers: Managing Independent Reading Emily Kissner Bendersville Elementary School @ELKissner elkissn@gmail.com
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. What do you think? Use this Google Form so that we can find out about participants.
  4. 4. Benefits of reading choice There is a strong correlation between time spent reading and reading achievement. (Allington, 2014) Students who engage in recreational literacy at school read more books at home (Block and Mangieri, 2002)
  5. 5. Benefits of reading choice Fifteen minutes of reading in-school per day can lead to gains, especially with on-grade and below level readers (Block and Mangieri, 2002)
  6. 6. Benefits of reading choice Access to a wide variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and choice of what to read are both correlated with increased motivation to read. (Allington and Gabriel, 2012)
  7. 7. Challenges of reading choice Instead of being engaged with books, kids will just “pretend read”.
  8. 8. Challenges of reading choice I don’t have enough books for a classroom library.
  9. 9. Challenges of reading choice I have so much to cover, there’s no time for reading!
  10. 10. Setting the scene Build a classroom library so that your students ALWAYS have access to books.
  11. 11. Setting the scene I like to collect nonfiction books that correlate to science topics in large bins that I can rotate in and out through the year
  12. 12. Setting the scene Used books can be purchased at the Friends of the Library bookstore at the Gettysburg Library
  13. 13. Setting the scene This year’s Used Book Sale will be August 1-4 at Redding Auction House, with the bag sale on Saturday Book Sale Details
  14. 14. Book Clubs Scholastic book orders can be a way to get books. One or two parent purchases can get you bonus points! Book Clubs home page
  15. 15. Selecting Books ● Mix of fiction and nonfiction ● Picture books and novels ● Graphic novels ● Books that showcase diversity ○ Favorite authors… ○ Anthology links… ○ Student requests
  16. 16. Putting together your library Instead of a complicated sorting technique, I keep books in bins by author and genre, and “oddballs” on the shelves below
  17. 17. Reading from Day 1 Gather the most exciting, most high-interest books you have and spread them out through multiple browsing bins
  18. 18. Reading from Day 1 You’ll have some readers with specific requests, while others will enjoy browsing. Work the room! Lots of easy, attractive books will connect with readers.
  19. 19. Moving forward Slowly increase the amount of time that you expect students to spend reading. Build stamina with a smile! Around Day 4 or 5, introduce a written component in which students write something about what they read that day.
  20. 20. Keeping track of books Slowly introduce checking out of books. For the first two weeks, I don’t let students take books home. Then, they can sign out one book at a time.
  21. 21. Keeping track of books With 6th graders, my expectation is one book/month. Here you can see my super-amazing tracking system—-writing titles on a class list.
  22. 22. Building a routine Work with your readers to create a list of non-negotiables for independent reading time. Usually: ● Everyone is reading ● The room is quiet ● Stick with a book for the entire session ● No unnecessary movement
  23. 23. Guiding readers When students ask me for a book recommendation, I choose 3: one very similar to their previous book, one of a similar style, and one that is a “nudge” to more complexity.
  24. 24. Guiding readers Teach readers to use the language of literature to describe their preferences! “First-person” or “third-person limited” or “no books in present tense!”
  25. 25. Adding accountability Written responses to reading are totally OPTIONAL! If you have kids reading 15 minutes daily and completing books, you have already completed a challenge! These next steps are your level-up.
  26. 26. Long term goals Wide reading OR Narrow reading?
  27. 27. Exploring Books What books do you want to check out? This is your chance!
  28. 28. References The Value of Independent Reading: Analysis of Research. https://www.hmhco.com/~/media/sites/home/classroom/shop- by-subject/summer-school/2017/resources/hmh_independent_re ading_libraries_white_paper.pdf?la=en The Case for Narrow Reading. Stephen Krashen. http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/narrow.pdf

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