Independent Reading

How many book are we going to read this year?

According to SFUSD, middle schoolers should read at least nine books during each school year. This is a worthy goal.

Are we going to read every day?

Yes. We usually start each class period with 15–20 minutes of independent reading. You'll also be reading for homework.

In all, I expect you to read about 50 pages per week.

50 Pages! Isn't that a lot?

Not if you choose books that you enjoy.

At a rate of 50 pages per week, you'll finish a book about every month, and you'll finish about nine books by the end of the year.

Can I choose any books that I want?

Yes, with some exceptions. You can read fiction (imaginary stories) or non-fiction (true stories). However, the following types of books are not acceptable (except with special permission from the teacher):

Do I need to bring my book to class every day?


Do I need to keep a reading log?

Yes. It looks like this.

Use your reading log to keep track of the total number of pages that you have read since the beginning of the year.

In the next-to-last column, write the page number of the furthest page that you have read in that book. Be sure to write it in pencil, because this number will change each time you pick up the book and read a few more pages. You're going to need a good eraser in order to keep this number up to date!

How do you verify my reading?

I verify your "reading pages" by looking at your reading log and asking you questions about the books you have read. If I suspect that you're not being totally honest with me about the number of pages that you have read, I may ask for more proof in the form of summaries, parent signatures, etc.

How does reading affect my grade?

You get one point for every page that you read. These points get added to the points that you earn from other activities (writing, quizzes, typing, etc.).

Once again, I expect you to read about 50 pages per week.

50 pages is equal to 50 points—and that should keep you on track to get an A+.

If you read more than 50 pages per week, those extra pages will count as extra credit (within certain limits).

What's the best way to read 50 pages?

Try to get into the habit of reading 10 pages per day, 5 days per week. If you read at the speed of an audio book, reading 10 pages should take you about 15 minutes.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.