This product contains a zipped file of three documents. One document is a reading log that students can complete for homework or during independent reading time given in class. The second document is a two page list of general, standard based questions, students can answer while reading any text. The questions are separated into fiction (25 questions) and nonfiction (10 questions). The third document is a four page document with tracking sheets for students to track their progress for each of the four quarters.
The documents are all in Microsoft Word format. You can easily customize any of the files to better fit your needs if necessary.
I use these materials to enhance student's use of the Accelerated Reader Program, but you could easily use the materials for any reading program, even one that is of your own invention.
The setup is simple. I provided students with three pronged, pocket folders. They inserted the question sheet into the prongs. They use the pockets to keep their reading logs until the end of each quarter.
I assign specific question numbers based on what is being completed in class. I give students options for fiction or nonfiction. Sometimes the skill is a new skill, but sometimes I assign review skills.
Questions include skills such as:
Identifying key details
Separating words into prefixes, suffixes, and roots
Comparing and contrasting
Point of View/Narrator
Students then complete a three part process while doing their reading homework.
1: They complete the "Before I read" section and explain what they know or remember about the book. This is possible even if the book has not yet been started. Students know something about the book even if it is just from reading the back cover.
2: They choose one of the assigned questions and mark the question number in the "While I Read" section so that they can focus on a particular skill during their reading. Students then read for 30 minutes.
3: Students answer the chosen question in the "After I Read" section.
Students complete this process nightly, except for Fridays. My school has a no homework on weekend policy. So, the reading log, when copied front to back, has four boxes, one per night for Monday-Thursday.
The tracking sheets are set up for AR. This is how I use them, but you could opt not to use them at all or to modify them to you needs.
I require students to have an 85% average accuracy on their AR quizzes by the end of the quarter. I also require that they read 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books a quarter. The students track their progress on the tracking sheets and earn a reward if all of the requirements are met by the end of the quarter. There is an option for them to earn a second reward if they read an extra four books, two per genre.
I find that the independent practice of comprehension skills aids in retention as well as helps students rise in their reading levels throughout the year.
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