In order to get better at anything in life; we need to practice. Students need time set aside each day for the them to dive into a good book. Reading independently is crucial for students to grow as readers. The connection from reading to writing is also incredibly important.
This is a graphic organizer for completing a reading response.I have a reading response prompt document that matches very well with this, but this can also be used anytime your students have independent reading time. With this document, students can read 10-35 minutes, which is dependent on what your daily schedule allows. Following, they can use this graphic organizer to retell or discuss what they read. There is also room at the bottom for students to create illustrations on scenes from their books.