Reading Passport: an interactive reading log & journal was
designed as an alternative to your typical reading log. As
ELA teachers we know the importance of reading outside of the
classroom to support the growth we want to see in our students.
We have all seen how the reading logs return, that is when returned,
have they really read what they logged? I have actually had
parents admit that after a while they just sign off on the log.
Some do read, even more than expected, and those students have
had joy for reading long before they walked though our doors. For
those that dislike a typical reading log here is an alternative.
Students are given choices in their reading while as teachers we can
still expose them to new genres they may never tried before, to fully
support learning in the classroom. Students need a spiral or composition
notebook. Each Reading Anchor Standard has been addressed with several
grade levels in one activity. Students choose an activity once they
have read a text. It is important for them to consider the text before choosing
an activity. Not all activities will coordinate with just any text. For example, you
wouldn’t compare characters in a informational text about building a go-cart.
Some activities are longer than others. The main goal for this activity is for
students to reflect on their reading and choose activities to build a stronger
foundation. They are only required to read 12 or 16 books a grading period.
Some will read more and for some this could be a challenge.
CCSS Aligned activities