Create a Reading Plan

Elaborating a Needs Assessment

This phase is necessary in order to obtain information on the index of readers for a group of children/adolescents, their reading levels, preferences etc. This can be done by means of surveys, questionnaires, interviews, statistics on the use of books in the library etc. Having collected the data, an information base is established in order to determine objectives, lists and the amount of books that will be read per year.

Objectives & Approach

Objectives need to be both concrete and obtainable and, in terms of their written description, clear and precise. It should not be forgotten that the ultimate goal of a reading plan is to promote reading habits and create reading pleasure; in other words, preparing autonomous readers so that they include reading in their daily lives in order to satisfy their needs for recreation, culture and information.

Selecting Titles

A careful classification and selecction of high quality texts needs to be carried out. A number of different criterion should be taken into consideration: the range of genres, level of difficulty of the books, legibility, language used, topics presented, resources used, values and interests of the children/adolescents, illustrations etc. It also has to be remembered that we are dealing with a progressive activity in which we need to gradually increase the level of difficulty involved.

Activity Planning

Despite being developed within the framework of formal eduacation, the activities designed to motivate students to read need to be open and flexible. That is, a space for liberty, creativity and democracy needs to be created. When working with children and adolescents, activities have to be interactive, motivating and recreational. Via interaction, the student lives out the reading text and is able to express feelings which he/she builds with his/her own language.


Rather than evaluation as such, the focus should be on monitoring and accompaniment when referring to process of verifying if meanings have constructed by students in relation to the reading texts. This can be done by means of conversations, group-based discussions, meaningful activities based around the book in question, etc
(Taken from ¿Cómo elaborar un Plan Lector?, Rubén Silva y David Abanto)