As we s-l-o-w-l-y transition toward a 1:1 environment at my school, I’ve been thinking about what it will look like to be able to eliminate some of the paper from my life. The first thing that came to mind were the reading logs/composition books piled up on the counter. Those books were a bane to my teaching existence—I loved the organization they provided for students, but I dreaded grading them--should I lug a stack home to grade or stay late to power through them one day each week? Not only does a digital version of the reading log relieve me of grading stress, it opens up all kinds of new possibilities for student response.
In this lesson, I’ve combined the basic idea of a student reading log with some particular reading strategies. When you open the document, you’ll see links to 15 sections, each focused on a separate reading strategy. After independent reading time, the students can open their reading log, find a response strategy that fits their reading for the day, and type their response. The first page of the document includes a handy record-keeping table for the students to fill in the date, pages read, and response they completed. This chart allows teachers to easily locate the most recent assignments and click right to them.
With your purchase of this activity, you will get four pages of teacher tips, a link to a Google Doc that you can use as-is or edit, and a copy of a spreadsheet to simplify tracking of student responses. You can use the Reading Response Journal in Google Drive by sharing a copy with students; however, using it in Google Classroom will allow you to get the most out of the experience. Providing each student with his/her own copy in the Classroom, you can easily check in and offer feedback throughout the reading process and track student progress.
The document is completely editable—you can add or change activities or you can let your students create their own response strategies to add to those in the document. It is my hope that you will find it sufficient within itself, but that you will be able to adapt it to the special needs of your classroom as well.
• A digital copy of a Google Doc you can share with your students or use in your Google Classroom
• 15 reading strategies (in the Google Doc) from which students can choose (or you can assign) to respond to any novel
• Editing, Grading, and Teaching Tips
Looking for other materials for independent reading? Check these out:
Reading Strategy Exit Slips
Novel Response Activities for Independent Reading