At the end of each grading period, I ask students to select 2 reading engagement goals for the following grading period. As part of a whole class mini-lesson, we brainstorm ideas for possible goals. After they have written their goals, I meet with each child during an individual conference to review goals and check for appropriateness. I reserve the option to add a third goal if I see fit.
Here are some possible engagement goals which students may set:
- Read ___ fictional books.
- Read at least ___ nonfiction books.
- Finish at least ___ books.
- Return all borrowed books.
- Meet the minimum requirements for weekly reading at home .
- Try to abandon no more than ___ books this grading period.
- Pick out all “just right” books this grading period.
- Enter all books read on the weekly reading log.
- Remember to bring book to class each day.
- Increase weekly home reading .
- Try reading a new genre (name the genre).
- Try a new author.
For more ideas on goal setting for reading, check out Jennifer Serravallo’s What Can I Work on as a Reader self-reflection tool.