These Book Response Letter templates are great for keeping students accountable for reading nonfiction (or historical fiction) chapter books in a fun and engaging way.
These are writing templates formatted like friendly letters that students fill in at different points in their reading to tell a classmate all about the book they are reading. There are 3 templates, so students respond when they are 1/3 through, 2/3 through, and finished reading their books. The sentence stems that students respond to are straight-forward, yet they are aligned to rigorous Common Core standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. I included a student-written example of each letter for you to use when modeling letter-writing with your class. This clarifies questions that students may have and gives them an example of what you expect.
After writing a letter, students exchange them and write back to a classmate's letter using accountable talk stems. Fun fun! I've tested these in my 4th grade classroom, and my students really enjoyed writing them! After the first one, they actually asked when they could write another letter. :)
I also developed a set of letters for fiction chapter books, which I use with Book Clubs in my classroom; check them out in my store as well! You DO NOT have to use Book Clubs in order to use these letters, however! Treat them as you would an ongoing "book report" or "reading response" assignment.
1. Quick Start Guide for Teachers
2. Book Letter 1 for Books about Real People
3. Book Letter 2 for Books about Real People
4. Book Letter 3 for Books about Real People
5. Book Letter 1 for Books about Real Events
6. Book Letter 2 for Books about Real Events
7. Book Letter 3 for Books about Real Events
8. Examples of all 3 Book Letters written by students
9. List of appropriate Accountable Talk Stems to be used when students write back to a classmate's letter