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Developing Reading Plans to Support Independent Reading

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Developing Reading Plans to Support Independent Reading

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






Level-appropriate texts from a variety of genres, booklists, and similar resources

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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  • Gather books from a variety of genres and topics, booklists, and any available artifacts promoting books. The booklists at Teens: Books and More from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Teen Read Week provide a good starting point.

  • If students have completed book reports that can be shared, gather these resources as well, for students to use as suggestions for future reading.

  • Make copies or an overhead transparency of the Reading Plan Chart.

  • If desired, complete the ReadWriteThink lesson Developing a Definition of Reading through Investigation in Middle School to broaden the range of materials studentsí can choose for their reading plans.

  • Test the Graphic Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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