Dear parents/ guardians,
We are starting an at-home reading program on Monday, October 15, 2012, in my language arts classes. I am requiring all students to read for thirty minutes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If a student would like to earn an additional ten points, he or she may read an additional twenty minute, or more, over the weekend. The reading log must be filled out in full and turned in the following Monday. Please make sure that your student indicates the book or magazine read each day, the number of pages read, and gives a two to three sentence summary of the day’s reading. Students are to have read for a minimum of 30 minutes each night, Monday – Thursday. Once your student has finished for the evening, please feel free to question him or her using the example question below as a starting point.
Remember to check in with your student and ask about what they are reading. This a great way to check for understanding and ensure students are accurately completing their homework. You can even have them summarize the section they just read or take turns reading sections out loud.
Here are some other helpful hints:
Have your student read some of the text to you (this will also help with fluency and allow some together time!).
Ask questions about their reading.
How can they connect to the material? What inferences can they make?
Try asking the following questions when your student is reading fiction:
· Have you ever faced a problem like the one presented in this story?
· What are possible messages or main ideas that readers can take from this story?
· Choose the three most important events, one from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
· How does the setting of the story make you feel? How does the setting impact the story?
· What three adjectives would best describe the main character?
· What do you learn about the main character from his or her actions?
· If you could ask this author two questions, what would they be? What might the author's answers be?
Try asking the following questions when your student is reading nonfiction:
· How do the text features used in this text help you know what the main idea is? (title, labels, diagrams, tables, graphics, etc.)
· Using your prior knowledge, what information in this text do you agree with?
· What details would you include in a summary of this text?
· What information would you NOT include in a summary of this text?
· How is the information in this text organized to help you to understand it?
· What did you learn from reading this text that surprised you?