Book Resources

Teaching With Your Classroom Library

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Use your library to encourage independent reading to support vocabulary growth and reading comprehension skills. The following ideas will help you provide a structure for independent reading and reading response.

Resources for Teachers:
Strategies to Use During and After Reading (Grades 3-8)
This article describes three strategies students can use to improve their independent reading skills.

Talking About Text (PDF)
Use this lesson to model a book discussion with your students. Then group students with common book interests and let them conduct the same structure in a small group discussion.
Source: Scholastic Red, Middle School Literacy Course. Learn more about Scholastic Red Professional Development in Product Information.

Activities for Independent and Shared Writing (PDF)
Post a student-friendly version of these activities in your classroom library to give students ideas for independent journal writing and other reading response activities.
Source: Scholastic Red, Middle School Literacy Course. Learn more about Scholastic Red Professional Development in Product Information.

Independent Reading Contract
Use this handout to keep track of student reading, and give kids fun ways to express their reactions to books they read.

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    Curriculum Development, Classroom Management, Independent Reading, Literature, Reading Comprehension, Writing, New Teacher Resources, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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