Twice a year our school has a Barnes & Noble Night. This past Thursday was our first event. We had a fabulous turn out. The parking lot was packed, kids and parents and teachers and cheerleaders, and band members and choir, hand-bells, sign~language, NJHS, we were all there.
It was a high energy, fun night!
The student Reading Goals were due last week.
This is how we set individual reading goals.
At the beginning of the year, or when a new student arrives, students take the Scholastic Reading Inventory. This sets their reading lexile level. Once we know individual lexile levels, we know more or less the lexile range of the books students would be able to have success reading. We encourage students to choose books with 100 points above or below their lexile. I know this method of choosing books is controversial. I find that this rule of thumb generally works for my ESOL kids. However, when a book has graphics, such as, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, students may have success with books above their lexile. At the beginning of the year I allow them to choose any book they want to read. The students themselves sometimes realize they chose a difficult book and then revert back to the rule of thumb.
BR - 199 10 points
200 - 399 15 points
400 - 599 20 points
600 - 799 25 points
800 + 30 points
Each nine weeks the required points increase by 5 points.
I have tons of books in my classroom. Thirteen years ago when I launched the E.S.O.L. program at our school, our school district sent me an entire library of books. I received, no kidding, maybe 200 or more books. When we started Read 180 six years, we got tons of other books. And, I've also purchased tons of books. My kids can never say I don't have books for them to read in every lexile! The goal is, read a book a week, take one Reading Counts quiz a week. In a perfect world they would all meet this goal. In real time, I would say 40% reach the goal. The goal, however, remains. By the fourth nine weeks, the percentage of goal-meeters increases. As students read a book and take their quizzes, they document their quizzes on their own quiz tracking chart. They include the title, author, book lexile, quiz date, percentage, points, and rating. Students add points as they take other quizzes so they can know how many points they've earned towards their goal. Each year I re-do the Sefl-Tracking Chart just to change it up a bit. This is the tracking chart I'm using this year.
100% Earned all points
80% Minus 1-5 points
70% Minus 6-10 points
60% Minus 11+ points
60% Attempted to take quizzes, no points
NC No credit for no quizzes attempted
Students are given credit even if they earn 1 point. If a student earns more points than needed, one bonus point is added to their final grade for each additional point.
Our first Reading Gaol Results:
Twenty percent of my students met their reading goal. About another ten almost met their goal.
A few took quizzes, but didn't earn any points. A few cannot read yet, and didn't try. A few could read, but didn't try.
The first round is always the toughest. However, I make such a big deal over the ones that do reach their goal, I'm sure I'll have more students reach their goal in December. Hopefully, 50%, we'll see
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