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K-12 Professionals

Independent Reading

EDUC 600




Instructor: Judy Kvaale


Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Partner Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Research shows that students who have the opportunity to read independently in the classroom become better readers and perform better on state assessments and reading tests. This course is designed for teachers who conduct or would like to conduct independent reading in their classrooms. This course addresses creating a classroom library, independent reading procedures, independent reading schedules and assessments, student conferences, integrating technology, procedural and/or literary strategies, reading responses and aligning standards. At the end of the course participants will have the skills and resources to effectively conduct independent reading in the classroom.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1.  Develop a research-based rationale for integrating independent reading into classroom practices.

2.  Identify the components of independent reading.

3.  Generate genre collections used in independent reading.

4.  Integrate technology during independent reading.

5.  Develop procedural and/or literary strategies for before/during/after independent reading.

6.  Establish individual conference guidelines to support students reading.

7.  Create ways students can respond to their reading.

8.  Select state/district standards that align with independent reading.

9.  Develop a plan for implementing independent reading in the classroom.


Stead, Tony (2009). Good Choice! Supporting Independent Reading and Response K-6. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.

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