Silent reading in class is a great way to encourage students to read daily. Reading every day will increase fluency, enhance vocabulary, improve writing skills and raise test scores.

Evaluating Silent Reading
To evaluate silent reading, assign letter grades for the numbers of pages each student reads; or, use the following list of questions to determine whether or not students have read and understood the book.

  • How did the title relate to the story?
  • What does the cover illustration have to do with the plot?
  • Can you identify and describe any characters displayed on the cover?
  • Who is the antagonist? How does he/she work against the protagonist?
  • What is the result of the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist?
  • What happens to the antagonist at the end of the story?
  • What is the main problem/conflict the characters deal with?
  • What steps do the characters take to resolve the conflict?
  • Describe the main character.
  • Does the main character learn a lesson, and if so, what is it?


Source: Orca Soundings Curriculum Guide, by Susan Geye and Janice Reynolds.