Fall Reading Challenge – Grades 9 – 12

October 5, 2020 – January 3, 2021


This challenge is based on The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. Reading skills are foundational to educational success for all students.  Reading is a skill that students will continue to rely on as they move into their adult lives, and a love of reading is one of the best gifts we can impart to our students.  Pushing students to read more and discover more about who they are as readers is what this challenge is all about.  


So, what’s the challenge?


Donalyn Miller’s challenge is for students to read 40 books in a school year.  For the inaugural year of this challenge here at Harmony, we are going to start out a little slower, and instead of an entire school year, we are starting with the fall semester.  For the fall, we are asking every 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade  student to challenge themselves to read at least 12 novels. It is not a class grade, but teachers should make this a part of their class with regular updates on progress, celebrations of achievements, and book chats on what everyone is reading. 


As a way to explore who we are as readers and push those self-imposed boundaries, we are asking students to explore a variety of reading genres as noted below:


Fiction –  1 historical fiction, 1 realistic fiction, 1 graphic novel, 1 book recommended by a parent or family member, and 1 of student choice 4
Nonfiction – 1 nonfiction book on topic of choice, 1 autobiography/biography, 1 book recommended by a classmate, and 1 of student choice 4
Poetry – 1 novel in verse or book of poems 1
Student Choice – 1 of the 4 may be a re-read of a book previously read 3

Note:  Books over 300 pages will count as 2 books.

Students will —

  1. Read a book from one of the categories listed above. 
  2. When finished reading the book, record their progress on the Reading Challenge Progress Form (This is a sample Google Form.  Teachers, make a copy of this form, revise your copy as needed, then add the link to your form to this document).

3. To help classmates find books they want to read, students will do a review on at least 5 of the books they have read.  Add reviews to the  Book Reviews form. (Teachers, make a copy of this form, revise the title, then link your document here.)   Students have a choice of how to review their books – a written review in a Google doc, a video, or a drawing or picture that symbolizes the book.