Monday, September 5, 2016

The 25 (At Least) Book Challenge

Welcome to the 25 book challenge!  In 7th grade you are expected to read at least 25 books.  If you already know you will read at least 25 books, I would like you to set a higher goal than that which we will do in class.  Why 25 books? Because it is do-able, it is a great goal to shoot for, and with reading 30 minutes every day (10 minutes in class, 20 minutes out) it is completely within reach. In fact, last year, my students read more than 4,000 books combined!

How are books counted:
  • Books with more than 300 pages count as 2 books, books with more than 500 pages count as 3 books.  More than 750 - see Mrs. Ripp
  • Graphic novels count as 1/4 of a book depending on the book.
  • If you have other types of books, ask Mrs. Ripp

Further details:
  • You pick the books you want to read.
  • You have until the end of the year, until the third last day to be exact.
  • You are only competing against yourself as a reader (and Mrs. Ripp if you want).
  • 15 of the books must be actual chapter books.
  • This is meant to push you as a reader, if 25 is too small of a goal for you, please set a higher goal.  My goal will be 90 books.

How do you record it?
There are many ways to record your 25 books, here are a few examples:
  • You can create a page in your reader's notebook, which we will do in class.
  • You can use Instagram and tag Mrs. Ripp in it
  • You can use Goodreads
  • You can use Padlet
  • You can use a Google Doc
  • Or you can come up with your own idea

Why should you keep track?
  • Because it is an accomplishment that you are working toward.
  • Because you and I will be checking in together to make sure you are on the right track.
  • Because this is a chance for you to share the great books you are reading.
What happens if you don't reach your goal?
No worries, you will. If you are really worried, speak to Mrs. Ripp.


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