I love to have my students journal with me about books they are reading; we call it Dialogue Letters. It is like having a mini conference with each kiddo while allowing them to practice their writing skills. When we are first beginning this process, I give them a format to follow which is this download. Gradually, as this becomes monotonous, I move to a more freestyle of writing. However, this is a great tool for beginners as well as kids who will continue to need a little support.