Dear Parent or Guardian,
Our school values reading. Because we value reading, we require our students to read independent texts that they choose. We monitor student reading progress, make recommendations about new things students might like to try, and give students an opportunity to interact and develop reading skills through independent reading. We both support and hold students accountable for this reading.
Accountable Independent Reading has five purposes:
1. To engage and motivate students in learning things they care about
2. To promote students' love of reading
3. To build students' vocabulary: reading a lot exposes students to new words and ideas
4. To build students' knowledge about the world (through both fiction and informational text)
5. To build students' reading "stamina": their ability to read harder texts for longer periods of time
We encourage students to choose texts and topics that interest them. They also should choose books that are at a comfortable or challenging reading level.
We have set up a system in which students set goals for their reading, keep a reading log (about the text and their own opinions about the book), and write reviews of the texts they are reading. Ask your student to share these documents with you. Be sure you know your child's reading goals so you can support him/her on staying on track, celebrating successes, and problem-solving as needed (including knowing when to abandon a book and choose one that is a better fit).
We hope independent reading will be enjoyable for your child and lead to a lifetime of reading.