In a world of limited resources, students most likely do not have a personal copy of the class reading to freely annotate. The Reading Log is my solution!
When my students do any type of reading (fiction/non-fiction), I have them complete a reading log. The students use their own notebook paper and set it up in the "Reading Log" format (saving YOU paper). Along with their reading that night, they complete a log.
The reading log format has worked for me for several reasons:
1. The freedom of the "personal response" gives the students ownership of their work.
2. Writing in the reading log helps students process the information in a concrete fashion.
3. The log ensures that students will be ready for class discussion the next day. (or more ready than they would have been ;)
4. Checking their completed reading log is an easy way to see if they read.
5. Their reading logs become a great study guide for exams.
When the students show up to class the next day, I typically have an analysis question about the reading up on the board for them to answer in their directed response. We use their answers to the directed response question and the important quotes they chose to propel and enrich class discussion.
This product can be modified for use at multiple grade levels. Please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!