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Make reading public celebration, and to vary the ways you think, talk about, share, and respond to texts. When the method that you use to keep students accountable for their reading is fun and engaging, they are less likely to view reading as a chore and more likely to enjoy it.
Five different Reading Log Alternatives are included in this bundle. Each format involves creating something without being time-consuming. The products students create and share start conversations and generate interest in the books that they read.
The activities include detailed instructions for introducing the lesson, student worksheets, and reflection pages to use after their work is shared. Independent reading activities include single point rubrics for scoring. I have included reflection pages to use after students have shared their work. You can assess a student’s work as well as gain insight into how their thinking about the text may have changed after interacting with the work shared by other readers.
Another benefit to replacing the traditional reading log with these alternative responses is that when put together as a collection, they eliminate the need for a final book report or project. Students are doing this already bit-by-bit throughout the book. When they finish a book, they can go right on to reading a new book without stopping to decorate a shoebox or something.