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The 20 Book Challenge


Your mission this school year is to read a total of 20 books!


The goal of the 20 Book Challenge is to get students to leave their reading comfort zone and explore new reading genres. I would love to see my students’ love of reading flourish, as well as for students to make significant academic gains in reading comprehension. The best way to become a better reader is to read voraciously, and the 20 Book Challenge helps with this!


Steps to the 20 Book Challenge:

1. Choose a book. You may read books from our classroom library, the public library, book stores, etc.

2. Read daily! Read for at least 10-15 minutes at school and for at least 30 minutes at home.

3. Complete a Reader’s Response entry each week. Your response should be TWO paragraphs with 6-8 sentences per paragraph. The first paragraph will summarize the plot; the second paragraph will summarize your opinion. See the “Reader’s Response Entry Example” on the last page.

4.  Once finished the book, add it to the attached Reading Log. Under the correct genre, write down the title, author, and total amount of pages. Then, have your teacher initial the entry.



Reading Genres Checklist:

(4) Realistic Fiction

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(2) Historical Fiction

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(2) Science Fiction

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(2) Poetry Book

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(2) Nonfiction, Informational

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(2) Biography, Autobiography

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(2) Graphic Novel

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(2) Mystery/Horror

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(2) Fantasy

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< 250 pages = ONE book

250+ pages = TWO books

375+ pages = THREE books

500+ pages = FOUR books

Extra Books:   □  □  □  □ □  □  □  □  □  □  □  □

**When you finish reading a book, check a box under the book’s genre.**




Reader’s Response Entry Example:


The Breaker Boys   <--Title

Pat Hughes            <--Author

Pages 1-40            

                                                                      9/1/16  <--Date

Dear Miss Leach,    <--Greeting


Summarize Plot --> The book I started this week is a historical fiction novel called The Breaker Boys. I was introduced to the main character, Nate Tanner. Nate’s family is very rich because they own coal mines in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Since his family is rich, Nate is very spoiled. Sometimes, he thinks he’s better than everyone else. He told other boys, “I’m a better player than all of you!” Also, when the housekeeper asked him if he could answer the door, he said “That’s not my job!” Nate has been getting in trouble so far because he says rude remarks to other people.


Summarize Opinion --> I don’t like Nate so far. He is disrespectful and rude to other people and doesn’t care about their feelings. He gets mad when people yell at him, but he’s the one creating problems because of his negative attitude. I think he should treat people the way he wants to be treated. I know he’s sad because he doesn’t have any friends, but that’s because he’s not nice to people. I hope Nate will start being nice to people so he can make a friend.  Maybe if he makes a friend, then he will start caring about people and will stop getting in trouble. I hope Nate will become more likable by the end!


                                              Closing  -->               Sincerely,  

                                              Name -->                  Holling Hoodhood  


The Reader’s Response entry should be handwritten in the Reader's Response marble composition notebook each week.