Establishing an Independent Reading Program is a great way to foster strong readers in your classroom. I created this resource as an easy way for teachers to hold students accountable for their own comprehension of what they are reading.
It's really quite simple. Students set reading goals for how many books they will read during a term, Sometimes I assign a specific genre, sometimes I let the students choose on their own. But the rules are always the same: for ONE book each term, the students must complete a minimum of ten dialectical journal entries demonstrating their awareness of what they are thinking about when they read. SImply put, they must interact with the text, identifying interesting quotes, and logging their thoughts.
This resource has a front a back instruction page, including samples appropriate for the middle grades. It also includes a four page blank journal form for distribution to the students to use as a journal.
As a teacher, I always considered the entire journal worth a 100 point test grade. I awarded up to ten points for each quote and response entry, depending on the clarity and context of the quote, and the elaboration of the reader's response.
In conjunction with the dialectical journals, I also required one Independent Reading Project per term (with a presentation to the class). Look for my other "IRP" products to increase the value, effectiveness, and accountability of your program.