One way I hold my students accountable for their independent reading is by having them do daily activities each week. This one is great when learning about and reviewing Figurative Language. I have the students locate TWO types of figurative language in their independent reading books while reading. They then have to fill in this chart for the week. I typically have them do one section a day and hand it on Friday. Each section includes students to fill out the following:
- Title of book
- Type of figurative language found
- Page number it was found on
- Sentence from the book that includes the figurative language
- Space to write the meaning
- Area to illustrate one of the examples of figurative language found during that reading
Printing these two pages front and back will allow you to give the students one page with four sections on it.
I find that using daily activities such as this on a weekly basis holds my students accountable for their independent reading, builds their independence on locating figurative language while reading, and brings out the artist in a few of them too :)
You can use this with picture books, mentor texts - really with any book!
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