Even though the school year is well underway, this is a great time to reflect and think about next year. Are you content with this year's lit logs or journals? Here's a way to make them work best for your students and you. This is an especially great product for teachers who are new to Lit Logs or literature circles. Within each full page lit log template, 4 students can divide the tasks into 4 very basic roles; focus words, quote of the day, summary, and the 4th box is optional: character trait, or author's craft, or analysis of structure/organization of readings. Then rotate these roles, or all work on focus words, and 2 students double up on structure/organization box, while 2 others divide summary and quote of the day. There are many ways to arrange these lit log templates.
One way to use this product is to run-off handouts one-at-a-time as a skill is taught, then have students paste in journals. In this collection there are 9 task specific skills displayed. I typically begin the year with several skill sheets already in place. I use them in September as a quick review and also as a refresher while students work independently. This helps them solve their own problems or just encourages them to do a quick skill search. Also, you can rearrange the order of these skill sheets to reflect what works best for you. Skills are displayed full page and in a reduced size ready to fit the journals. Included are charts with two new skill sets: structure/organization of fiction and nonfiction works; and a chart of differences between fiction and nonfiction works along with types of works that comprise these two categories of writings. Including these two charts will solidify students' understanding of structure, a CC standard included in State Testing. I've included a brief narration of sorts to explain most skill entries.
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