Independent Reading in the Age of Common Core

An Effective Approach to Taking Notes During Independent Reading That Teaches Students to Think Their Way Through Texts, Apply High-Level Comprehension Strategies, and Be Accountable

By: Assunta Cannone-Calick and Elizabeth Henley

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Product Description:

A smart approach to independent reading in middle school that’s perfectly aligned with the Common Core! Twenty-five step-by-step mini-lessons demonstrate key comprehension strategies; students are then responsible for applying these strategies to their independent reading and documenting their work with SmartNotes. These text-based notes provide accountability and open a window into students’ thinking so teachers can identify and address their needs right away. An effective, efficient system for teaching and assessing reading—and ensuring students’ reading growth!

Grades 5 - 12

SmartNote Notebooks for Students:

Students should have one notebook that is devoted to recording their SmartNotes. Entries in these notebooks can be split between notes on the class mentor text and their independent reading. Students’ thinking for the year is also archived in these notebooks!

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