Literacy Portfolio for Grade 4 and 5 students.
**Contains a version with Canadian spellings and another with American spellings.
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A literacy portfolio will help students to get more out of their reading by reflecting on the purpose and value of reading while seeing their progress over the year. The portfolio will give students a place to keep a record of their favourite books and favourite pieces of writing that they created over the year. This way they can track their interests and really see their progress from September to June.
This portfolio primarily focusses on reading and writing. However, it also includes some oral language and media literacy reflection questions, to help students recognize that these are interrelated skills. I ask my students to complete the set of pages at the end of each month, and it became the base of their literacy portfolio. In addition to completing the sheets, I also have the students pick 1 piece of writing that they feel is their personal best and showed new learning for them from that month and include it in their portfolio.
What is included?
There is a cover page for students to decorate and make their own.
Each month (September to June) has two pages, a page which
is primarily dedicated to reading and a page which is primarily
dedicated to writing. At the end of the portfolio there is a
reading log for students to record books as they read them.
The literacy page asks the students pick a favourite book that they have read that month and reflect on it by answering questions. As well, there are different questions for each month which ask students to reflect on various reading skills including:
-setting goals for reading and reading fluency
-reflecting on strengths and next steps as readers
-consider their purpose for reading
-consider the author’s intended audience
-using text features
-summarizing and finding the main idea
-think about fact versus opinion
The writing page asks students to select one of their favourite pieces of writing completed that month and critically reflect on it by answering questions. Additionally, there are different questions for each month which asked the students reflect on various writing skills including:
-setting writing goals
-reflecting on strengths and next steps as writers
-consider their purpose for writing
-consider their audience when writing
-reflect on techniques that they used to grab and hold their
-organization and main idea
-consider how reading, writing, oral language and media
literacy skills are related to each other