Are you looking for a way to motivate your students in their independent reading, keep them accountable about what they read, and give them a short and sweet way to share their reflections after completing a book? Look no further!
When I taught 4th grade, I would introduce the idea of "Reading Corner Book Reviews" to my students during the first week of school. I created a reading incentive program* for them where they would try to read a certain number of chapter books independently by the end of the school year. I would give special certificates out for every 5th book read and buy them a book of their choosing if they reached their 25th or 40th book. They loved this! But how could I keep many students accountable in their independent reading? Although I set aside class time for quiet, independent reading, there was no way that I could keep tabs on every book everyone was reading- and so, the idea of "Reading Corner Book Reviews" was born! (*You do not have to do any reading incentive program to use these mini book reviews! They can definitely stand alone, too).
I had my students create "book review booklets" complete with front and back covers that they would decorate and personalize themselves. Then, after completing a book in their independent reading challenge, they would select a form and complete a mini book review (about a half page worth of space and five minutes or so to fill in). During our quiet reading time, they could either read or bring me one of their mini book reviews. I'd read it, we'd have a discussion, and I'd mark off that they had read another book. The mini book review booklets were all stored in a basket in my cozy reading corner, so anytime anyone needed an idea for what to read, they could look through their classmates book reviews for ideas. It was the perfect way for them to reflect on the books they read, keep them accountable in their reading, and serve as a way for them to recommend books to others!!!
This product includes EVERYTHING that you need to replicate this idea in your own classroom or homeschool:
- book review booklet covers (3 style choices, 3 pages total)
- book review booklet back cover (1 style choice, 1 page total)
- book review booklet forms (18 options, 18 pages total)
- optional template for keeping track of students' reading (3 pages total)
- labels and clear, concise directions (4 pages total)
The book review forms cover many different reading response topics, so your students are not stuck with same old, hum-drum form. Give them choices and keep it interesting! If they are reading independently, they should also be able to choose how they respond to what they read. There are 18 DIFFERENT mini book review forms covering the following topics:
- summarizing (2 options)
- expressing opinions (3 options)
- using persuasive writing (2 options)
- genres (2 options)
- all story elements (2 options)
- just the main character/narrator/point of view (2 options)
- just setting (1 option)
- author's purpose (2 options)
- what I learned (2 options)
Whether your students are voracious or reluctant readers, the mini book reviews will add interest and excitement to their independent reading! The "mini" style is short, sweet, and to the point - all while targeting key reading response skills.
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