Launching Independent Reading in Grades 3-5: Sample Plan

The lessons in the NYS modules for grades 3-5 are designed to focus on teaching students to read, write, and speak about complex texts. The instruction outlined in the modules provides a 60-minute block of time each day to teach students reading and writing standards. However, it is assumed that teachers will provide additional time within their literacy blocks for supporting students in reading a high volume of text at the independent reading level. The purpose of this document is to serve as a resource to elementary school English Language Arts teachers in launching and sustaining a strong independent reading program. Many teachers already have robust plans in place: Please consider this document as a resource to enhance or extend your existing work.

Creating a plan for supporting your students in independent reading is context-specific and varies greatly based on a school’s schedule and staffing model. If your current routines are working, it probably makes sense to stick with them, though you may find some interesting ideas in these documents. If you do use the plans here, there are a number of choices to be made about what structures and routines will work best for you and your students.

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