This is a revised and expanded version of one of my top-selling items on TpT. I’ve used all of the activities in this product during my 13 years of teaching reading in middle and high school.
Over time, I came to rely on three or four of these activities as a standard assignment for students to document their reading and understanding of their independent novels. I require my high school remedial reading students to read six independent novels during the second semester. Much of the reading is done as homework; however, we spend at least 20 minutes twice a week reading in class. I always found it challenging to determine whether or not a student really read a book--especially when it was something I had not read. Assessing their reading along the way (with reading logs and exit slips) and assigning a packet of graphic organizers for students to complete at the end of the novel, made it much more difficult for them to fake their reading.
As important as routine is in the classroom, there is also a need for variety. While looking through my filing cabinets recently, I decided to add some other reading response activities to the set. I added:
• a record-keeping sheet for exploring new books in a book pass
• a reading record for students to track their progress
• instructions and prompts for reading logs
• an extension of the character analysis exercise that requires writing about character traits
• a story map to graphically illustrate the elements of the plot
• a filmstrip template that makes a great foundation for a book talk
• a book review Q & A form (can be used alone or as brainstorming for a written review)
• a sheet for a poster to accompany the book review during a book talk
(See the product thumbnails to view all of the worksheets!)
All twelve pages of student materials are fully editable, too, so you can adapt or personalize them to fit your needs. I have used PowerPoint to create these materials, but they are designed to print on standard letter-sized paper just like any other document you would print. The PowerPoint form actually makes it easier to edit, too, because your changes only shift within the text boxes on that page and will not affect other pages in the document.
In addition to giving you the worksheets, I’ve provided tips and suggestions for using each of the activities—all straight from my classroom teaching experience.
Thank you for checking out my product. If you do decide to purchase it, I hope you’ll leave feedback to let me know how it is working for your students!
You might also be interested in my Reading Strategy Exit Slips.
I use these periodically in place of a reading log entry to track student progress. Each exit slip focuses on a particular reading strategy and the Word format makes them easy to edit, too!
I've created a Google Docs Independent Reading Log
. Your students can choose their response strategy and the document is set up to make it easy for you to monitor and comment on their responses.