10/12/16 UPDATE - I added 5 additional Reading Logs and an editable Word Document to allow you to customize your reading logs.
Instead of having a daily reading log, I give my students reading logs weekly. This prevents students from burning out due to writing a summary of what they read every night. I find that students don’t enjoy the activity and it limits an opportunity for authentic application of their learning in class to their independent reading book.
The structure of these reading logs require a daily check-in along with a connection to what we are learning in class. These logs are different every week to highlight one of the skill areas that we focused on in class recently. Through these logs, students should see how these skills from class could also apply to any book that they read – reinforcing those literary skills.
These 15 weekly logs were designed for my 6th grade classroom but could be used in a range of upper elementary, middle school, and possibly early high school settings. They are intended to be used multiple times throughout the school year. Below I’ve written out my classroom’s procedures. Feel free to use as a guide for your own or create something else entirely. I usually print this box on the backside of the reading log unless I’ve included an example or other information.
Ms. Stewart’s Weekly Reading Log Instructions:
• Read for 30 minutes every night.
• Fill out a reading log to show that you have completed your reading homework.
• Monday – Thursday, place your homework on your desk to be checked by Ms. Stewart.
• On Friday, turn in your weekly reading log in the wire basket when you come in to class.
• Each week your reading log will look different.
• Ms. Stewart will hand out the week’s reading log on Friday for the following week’s homework.
• If you are absent when that week’s reading log is handed out, write a short summary of what you read that weekend on a lined piece of paper for Monday as an alternative. Staple that paper to the back of your reading log when you get it on the next day you are back at school
• OR - print your reading log at home from Ms. Stewart's website
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