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Active Reading Reports

Developed by Mary Ellen Dakin

For class time allotted to independent reading, students usually choose their own reading selections and spend a specified amount of time (15-30 minutes) reading silently one or more days a week, with few or no pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, study guides, or vocabulary lists. Reading selections should be accessible and varied (fiction, nonfiction, news and commentary, poetry, graphic novels and graphic nonfiction, etc.). 

Independent reading can be done for enrichment, for extra credit, or for credit.

When done for credit in the classroom, Active Reading Reports should offer a variety of choices for students to demonstrate evidence of their independent reading as they earn credit. Resources for supporting independent reading in the classroom, including Active ReadingReport Prompts from A to Z and the Active ReadingReport Form, are published at this site.


Standards: These reports have the potential over time to address all the standards for Reading Literature and Informational Text. W1, W2, W3, W4, W9