Reading Proficiently and Independently: The Power of Setting Goals

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Scholars reflect upon their reading strengths and challenges to create personal reading goals. Participants use goal-setting verbiage in an accordion-style graphic organizer, a first step in writing a letter that details their reading ambitions.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage peer support—instruct pupils to cheer for their classmates as they accomplish goals 
  • Revisit reading goals periodically, direct learners to reevaluate their strengths and challenges to update their letter of intent  
  • Send a letter home to parents and guardians explaining the lesson's objective, stress the importance of continued reading practice outside fo school and offer ways they can assist their child meet their goals 
Classroom Considerations

  • The sixth lesson is part of an 11-lesson unit within a large English language arts reading module 
  • Materials and past units are mentioned and required to complete portions of the lesson 
Pros

  • Goal setting enhances accountability and is beneficial for life inside and outside of school 
  • A superpower theme is fun and engaging 
  • Incorporates cooperative learning strategies 
Cons

  • None
Common Core