When I was designing the independent reading my students would do for my middle school language arts classes I was struggling to find an authentic way to keep them accountable. I knew I wanted there to be choice in the books my students read, but I knew “reading logs” weren’t going to cut it (let’s be honest, we’ve all faked reading logs in our day). I had done some research on response to readings but I couldn’t find anything that was challenging enough for middle schoolers that worked on comprehension while cultivating their love of reading. Through a few years of scouring research, student feedback, and tweaking I have come up with something that works well for my students. I have seen a huge growth in their engagement of reading as well as their comprehension levels. You know it’s a good day when you have multiple parents saying “I can’t get my kid to stop reading!”.
-a detailed guide on how to use this in your classroom
-comprehension page for student's reader's notebooks (context clues and text connections)
-genre study chart
-examples of completed student work