I don’t know about you, but I want my students to be reading goal setters!
Why Set Reading Goals?
Great question! Setting reading goals helps students…
- Read with intention and purpose
- Practice a specific reading skill
- Become reflective thinkers
- Develop a clearer understanding of reading
- Build confidence as readers
- Feel a sense of accomplishment
5 Steps to Setting Reading Goals
- Think about how you can help students become self-reflective on what they are good at as readers and what they need to work on.
- Help readers think deeply about what they would like to improve on next.
- Invite students into a class discussion about setting goals.
- Use a favorite picture book to start the conversation!
- Here are few good books for introducing reading goals:
- Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
- The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
- Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler
- This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Renee Andriana
- Leo the Late Bloomer by Jose Aruego
- After the discussion, introduce the Reading Goal Setter form and have students complete this on their own.
- As they are working on writing out their goals, you can even have them do a quick video recording, articulating and documenting their goals! Display goals clearly as a daily reminder.
What happens next?
- Take a look at each student’s reading goals from the Reading Goal Setter form.
- Compare their goals with the data you have collected on them as readers.
- Form a plan of instruction to support students in their reading goals. This could look like many things, including…
- Create small groups based of goals.
- Partner students up with similar goals.
- Create a literature circle around a similar goal.
- Develop clear guided reading lesson based on your students goals.
- Create opportunities for students to discuss their goals and how they feel they’re doing.
I hope you found this post helpful. Don’t forget to download the free Reading Goal Setter form.
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