The Silent Reading Summary Sheets are intended for use (and have been used) in junior high classrooms. In my Behaviour and Learning Assistance Program classroom, I begin each Language Arts class with 15 minutes of silent reading. Students are sometimes allowed to choose any book they wish, but sometimes are required to choose either a nonfiction book, and sometimes and fiction book. During those classes, I assign a Silent Reading Summary Sheet for students to independently complete to show me what they understand of what they've read.
I try to vary the types of questions that are asked, of course, and each sheet focuses on different skills, which are typically pre-taught during the week.
Reader's Response Skills included in the sheets are:
- making a KLQ chart
- summarizing and paraphrasing
- finding the main idea
- identifying and describing purpose and tone
- using text features to aid in comprehension
- contextual vocabulary development
- making personal connections to text
- making predictions
- identifying and describing character traits
- examining characterization
- personal reflection
and much more!
The Sheets are meant to be completed in about 10-15 minutes, provided students already have a functional knowledge of the Language Arts concepts that are at their core. That allows the reading and assignment to be completed within 25-30 minutes, which, within the context of an average junior high classroom, should leave about 20-25 minutes for other learning activities.
Have students keep their completed Summary Sheets in a folder or binder and once they have completed four or five, have them respond to the Readers Reflection piece at the end to assess their own work and areas of strength. If students complete a Summary Sheet each week, they should be able to run through this cycle three or four times in a school year, providing a valuable resource to track their own learning and progress through the year.
These have proven especially useful in Study Skills and Learning Strategies classrooms as quick independent work activities.