Goals for Independent Reading

Mercer Goals for Independent Reading


Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4



Provide 20-30 minutes of daily independent reading in class.

Match students to books they can read and enjoy.

Meet regularly with students to compliment strengths, coach into skills, and set goals for growth.

Keep records to track and monitor student progress.



Read a lot!

(Class and home)

Read books that you love!

(near your level)

Practice reading skills!

(learned in class)

Keep track of your thinking!

(and growth)

Here's How You Can Help Support Independent Reading at Home

Great Questions
to Ask Your Child about Reading:

Great Answers
to Hear From Your Child about Reading:

  • “What time are you going to do your reading tonight?”
  • “What are you enjoying about your book?”
  • “Would you like a new book?”
  • “Show me an example of something you wrote about your reading in class.”
  • “Give me an example of something you are learning in reading class.”
  • 20-30 minutes in a quiet environment.
  • Enjoys the book they reading (Interesting, not too hard/too easy).
  • Visit the library or bookstore.
  • Can show you writing about reading from their post-it notes or reading notebook.
  • Can give you an example of what they are learning in reading class.

About Characters:

  • “What kind of person is (Character)?”
  • “How is (character) changing?”
  • “How does (character 1) affect (character 2)?
  • Identifies character traits.
  • Can talk about the relationships between characters.
  •  Identifies a change in character’s thoughts, feelings, traits, or actions.
  • Compares present traits to past traits.

About Themes:

  • “What do you think the (object) symbolizes?”
  • “What has (character) learned in this book?”
  • “What ideas about life are brought up in this book?”
  • Has an idea of what an object or symbol means and can explain why.
  • Can identify lessons that can be learned from the book.
  • Can identify social issues in the book similar to those in real life.

About Conflict and Setting:

  • “What problems is (character) experiencing right now?”
  • “What is the setting and why is it important?”
  • “Why is this moment/scene important?”
  • Can talk about more than one problem in the story.
  • Can describe where and when the story takes place and how it affects the characters.
  • Can make connections between causes and effects to understand why the scene matters in the story.