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A reading log promotes close reading and real world practice of standards and use of reading strategies taught in class. When complete, the teacher can use the 5 responses as formative assessment to monitor use of strategies or ability to answer specific content questions. Assignments for reading can vary from literature based self-selected texts to content area textbooks pages with questions mirroring what is being taught in class.The blank reading log template can be printed out blank for students to record a new question each day or it can be typed on ahead if time with 5 questions for the week. Students read each night from a self-selected text or a teacher assigned text before answering one focus question or all five. Questions can be generated based on themes, specific standards being covered in class, or can be varied. Alternately, students can be assigned a reading portion for home and then can record and respond to a specific question the next day in class. The individual focus logs provide already created questions geared toward some of the common core standards.