To give you a bit of context, I originally created this rubric for my 7th grade, middle school Spanish 1b class. If you’ve ever taught middle schoolers, you know that you have to NAME the EXACT expectations that you want them to do. Quantifying things like how many times students can get up or look around is extremely challenging (and some of my critics say, very limiting). To clarify, I DON’T want kids to feel like they can’t look around for word wall resources, buuuuuuut, I DO want them to understand what true focus looks like. So, am I REALLY counting the number of times they look around?? NO!!!! Do I REALLY care?? NO!!! Do I just want them to read and learn to love reading or at least understand and respect the purpose of reading??? YES!!!!!!!!! And, does this rubric help them to understand these expectations????? YES!!!
While my kids read, I read too. I literally stand front and center and read with them. I try to be really good about this because I think it is sooooo important for them to see reading modeled by an adult. OF COURSE, I have emails to write, grades to input, plans too make, Flipcharts to update, close, and/or save, parent emails to respond to, data to examine, and on and on. Yes, I am ALWAYS behind and, yes, the room is quiet. It is sooooo tempting to use this time to sit and work. DON’T DO IT!!!! READ A BOOK IN YOUR TARGET LANGUAGE!!!
Ok, off my soapbox……..as I’m reading, I look up about every 30 seconds or minute to hold them accountable. I make notes on my clipboard regarding the students who are off task, but usually eye contact with me is enough to remind them what we’re doing and that they need to get back on task. I do enter students’ Lectura Libre grades in the gradebook because I want them to understand the importance of it, but for most students this is positive reinforcement that they are doing an amazing job reading!!!
If students are off task, I have a conversation with them regarding the purpose of Lectura Libre and to remind them of the expectations. Also, I have Bryce’s reading quotations posted in my classroom and as a class, we have TONS of conversations about the AMAZINGNESS of reading!!!
Over the years, I have changed what Lectura Libre looks like in my classroom, and now, my Level 2 students don’t need a rubric. In fact, my level 2 kids love reading so much that this past Tuesday, my 8th period, Level 2 class BEGGED me to extend our Lectura Libre and read another 5 minutes!!! (In fact, some of the kids wanted to read for the ENTIRE period!!!!) This was one of my happiest moments because these students are REALLY reading! Most of them are not faking or messing around (you might ask how I know… eye movement, follow up conversations, etc.). They are sitting and reading! This is a mix of 35 7th and 8th graders and they just sit and read! Again, they no longer need the rubrics, but the rubrics taught some of the what it LOOKS LIKE to sit, focus, and just read.
Please feel free to download my rubrics (click for the Google Folder) and change these according to your classroom’s needs. Get rid of stuff, add stuff, or use them as they are. I suggest copying them bright paper and laminating them, so that you can pull them out at any time! Happy reading!