Are you tired of dragging your students' Reading Journals (composition books) home to check and grade their responses? I have found a way to make the grading process much easier and beneficial for your student’s learning! Weekly, my students write me a letter about what they are reading in class. This has students work on the writing process and their writing and reading skills, which gives you a grade for both.
This download contains two rubrics that I use for each student’s letter. One includes handwriting and the other does not. I find that it varies from grade level to grade level if handwriting is worth adding in a grade. These rubrics explain how I grade the letters so it is fair and something parents can see. I usually use the first rubric for elementary students and the other for middle school students.
If you like this idea, please check out the format they refer to, the checklist they use, and the letter I give each student at the beginning of the year.