For this independent reading center I wanted to take the responsibility as well as the creativity of the students to a more challenging level. Especially with the new common core standards in effect throughout most schools in America, I wanted a way for the students to practice thinking, reading, and writing through the use of just right texts. So, after much pondering as well as taking student ideas/wants into account, I decided to create menus for responding to reading.
There are four fiction as well as four nonfiction menus. I choose to use one of each (nonfiction & fiction) per nine weeks. That means for the four nine weeks in the school year I will rotate out new responses. I do this because there are three options on each menu and two menus to choose from. That is six options per nine weeks. I also feel multiple exposures to each response allows your students to improve with each completion. Please remember this is only how I use them, but you can implement them however you feel works best for your students.
Also I allow my students to organize their page however they please. I feel this is a right they have until there response are unorganized and hard to read. However, I know that templates are in order for some, especially for the younger students, so I have also included template for the responses.
** Edited to add favorite book summary** 3/23/2017