Buddy Reading
adapted from “Beyond Buddy Reading” sd #57
(updated 5/17/09 )


buddy reading




Learning Intentions

A/ To Begin

B/ Reading

C/ Assignment

D/ Meetings

E/ Assessment

F/ Alternative Tasks


Quick Links
What is it?
lesson plan ( older buddy)
response sheet (young buddy)
support materials
     NPBS PG model
Sinkutview VClass
     Performance Standards
      (4) (5) (6) (7)

    Good Readers
    Oral Reading Rubric
    Buddy Reading Rubric



Learning Intentions:

Older Buddy: Using the Performance Standards for their grade, I can coach my younger buddy to help increase his/her level of achievement in reading.
Younger Buddy: With the coaching of my older buddy, using the Performance Standards for my grade, I can increase my level of achievement in reading.



litature circle

A/ To Begin

Younger Buddy

i) meet with your buddy

ii) choose a 'good fit' book you enjoy reading

Older Buddy

i) meet and interview your buddy

ii) listen to your younger buddy read




boy reading

B/ Reading (remember, to help keep your discussions interesting, do not read ahead)

i) 1st meeting:

      - go over the assignment, ensure all members understand the expectations and tasks

- set a reading goal for the next week

    for 2nd and subsequent meetings:

      - read pages or chapters set as your group's goal (usually about forty pages)

ii) keep a Literature Circle duotang containing your assignment sheets

iii) use your assignment sheets to record pages read and complete weekly assignments

iv) be sure that you are ready for the next meeting (pages read, assignments complete)


pencil to paper

C/ Assignment

A) Questions

a) write down two skinny questions

b) write down two fat questions

B) predict what you think will happen in the next part of the book

C) show your understanding of the events/ characters relationships by rewriting a new storyline for the past chapter/five pages

D) Connections: record one deep connection to a personal experience or a 'big idea' or theme

E) vocabulary: monitor your reading

a) write three words you don't know, look them up, write a definition in your own words

b) note any words or passages that you do not understand

F) complete an additional activity that your group choose (not completed for the first meeting)

G) meeting: assess your readiness for this meeting

H) as a group, set a goal and choose a task for your next meeting




D/ Meetings

i) meet once per week, 20-30 minutes

ii) sit in a circle or around a table

iii) have your supplies (book, notebook, pencil, eraser, highlighter)

iv) begin moving through the assignment (e.g. begin with your skinny and fat questions)




E/ Assessment

i) readiness (all supplies, assignment complete)

ii) participation

iii) written assignment


F/ Additional Alternate Tasks

i) note (using a post-it) powerful paragraphs, explain

ii) note a part where a character makes a difference or makes an important decision, explain

iii) note how a character changes, explain

iv) note your favourite part your read over the past week, explain


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