7/8/9 Free Reading

This year in ELA 7/8/9, you are responsible for keeping up with some free reading. We’ll start almost every class with 10-15 minutes of free reading. You may receive additional reading time on Fridays.

You’re welcome to read ALMOST any book you like, I’ll let you know if it’s not going to work for the class. YOU are responsible for bringing your free reading book to class everyday. If you would like to borrow one of MY books, you must ask permission, and then sign it out on the form at my desk.

There will be the occasional question, project or assignment based on the books you’re reading so make sure that they are ones that you enjoy!! That’s the whole point of reading isn’t it?


THE MAIN PROJECT – yes, there is work associated with this 😉

You are responsible for creating your own GOOGLE SITE, to keep track of your free reading. I will be holding a Google Sites tutorial.

On your website you must have:

1) A “home page”. On your homepage you need to create a short write up that tells me a little bit about you. Specifically I want to know who you are as a READER. What kind of books do you like? Do you have a favourite book, or favourite books? What kind of non-academic reading do you do (i.e. books, internet articles, graphic novels, etc). Do you like to read outside of school? How/where do you like to read? (i.e. in bed, on your iPhone while you wait for the bus, etc). Do you have a specific genre that you like to read? You should include at least one picture on this homepage of a book you’ve read, or a picture of yourself reading in your favourite spot.

2) A sub page for EACH book that you read, throughout the semester. By the end of semester one, you are expected to have read AT LEAST TWO books.

3) On each book page that you create, you must:

  • Insert a picture of the cover
  • Include a link to either a website about the book OR a review of the book
  • An introduction to your book that includes: who is the protagonist? Who or what is the antagonist? What is the problem the protagonist is struggling with? This should be IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
  • COMMENT on your book AT LEAST twice a week – you will be given class time to do this twice a week but in order to receive a grade of excellence you must update and comment on your website outside of class time as well.


  • Tell us what’s going on in your book, but more importantly, tell me what YOU think of what’s happening. Document your reactions.
  • What has happened that surprised you?
  • What do you think might happen next?
  • Which character(s) do you identify with and why?
  • How would YOU react if you experienced what the character(s) is/are?
  • Are there any questions you have?
  • Do you see any important themes emerging?
  • What do you think of the book so far?


4) A book review for EACH book you read. This should be about 200-400 words. The review is from your own perspective, and is opinion based.

Free Reading Tracking Rubric