Story Choice Boards for Self Directed Reading (FVR)

In January with the start of a new semester I started a FVR program.  I’m using the term SDR, Self Directed Reading, simply because I hope to focus on students self monitoring their understanding.  I’ve tried starting a reading program a couple of times and this time it is here to stay.  Check out my original post if you’d like some direction on a few important things to consider to help a new program gain momentum and not fizzle out like my first attempts.

I’m trying a variety of ways for students to respond to their reading.  Recently I came across the idea of story choice boards.  My first thought was it seemed a bit elementary.  But then I reminded myself that most of my students are considered “elementary Latin” students.  Therefore I looked at a few examples and decided to create my own.  I won’t use these often.  I think once a quarter at most.

I am a father of 3 young girls and this year my family has experienced some illness.  Now that my SDR program is in place and running story choice boards will be a nice emergency sub plan activity that I can use once or twice throughout the year.  I see myself using them once or twice as well as a way to have students to engage in a longer reflection of what they are reading while giving myself a chance to catch up on reporting their reading logs and in class proficiency scores.

My board looks like the one below when just using for an unexpected sub day.  I also use a broader version for students in independent study situations found here.  This is a work in progress but I used this with a student who was suffering from intense symptoms from a concussion.  This student is back with me in class this year and excelling even after some many absences.


  • Write a journal entry from the perspective of a character in the story.  (English or Latin)
  • Create a radio advertisement that sells the importance of a character in the book.  (English or Latin)
  • Review another student’s 3-D model in respect to artistic value
  • Write out Latin syllables for sound effects to go with a story.

  • Create a timeline of the story plot.  (Latin captions)
  • Design a map reflecting locations in the story.  (Latin labels)
  • Create 3 survey questions (in simple Latin) that ask classmates to solve a problem.

  • Create a graph of data from a survey of classmates.  (Latin data)
  • Create a poster advertisement for the book.  (Latin captions)
  • Create a visual image of a journal entry.
  • Create a visual representation of a musical rhythm connected to the story.  

  • Ask classmates a survey about the story.  Record data
  • Write a journal response to someone else’s journal entry.
  • Play another students’ game and write a note of feedback about the game.
  • Ask classmates and record how they might be personally connected to different points on a timeline of the story.  
Free Choice

Choose 2


  • Create a cooperative game that reviews the story.
  • Construct a 3-D model of something of major importance in the story.
  • Perform, and record a rap, poem or song musical or with interpretive dance.  
  • Perform and record a reading of a section that includes sound effects.  

  • Create a rap, poem or song about the story.
  • Create an interpretive dance to go with parts of the story.  
  • Make up sound effects for important parts of the story.
  • Take a portion of the story and rearrange the Latin words to create a metrical rhythm

  • Identify and Label (in Latin) items of nature from the story.
  • Create instructions (in Latin) for a character to survive a natural phenomenon in the story.  
  • Create a survey about classmates likes and dislikes of natural items in the story.  

  • Respond to your journal entry about the story in a way that connects the story to something in your personal life.  (English or Latin)
  • Predict what will happen next in the story or in a sequel if finished.  (Latin or English)
  • Write a simple story (in Latin) about something in your life that is similar to something in the story.

What other activities or categories might you add?

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