This is an independent reading class used for Grade 9 & 10 English classes. It is an independent reading task that lasts one semester and is worth 10% of the final grade.
I have included 3 items in this download that are all EDITABLE for your convenience: 1) Task outline & rubric, 2) Daily Reading Log Tracking Sheet (you can print as many as you need), 3) Journal Entry Prompts for 1 semester.
The idea is that students read on a daily basis. They should be reading at the start of class for 15-20 minutes (or for however long you think is best). They should continue reading at home as well. They are to log their daily reading on the Daily Reading Log Tracking Sheet provided (print as many as students need OR post it to your class website and have students print the tracking sheet off themselves.
Throughout the semester they will also write journal entries. The Journal Entry Prompts provided in this resource will give you an idea of the prompts I use in my classroom along with the frequency of these writing tasks. The first prompt is just a summary to see how students are able to summarize information. The rest of the prompts aim at helping students make inferences about their novel. This will also help you determine if students are actually reading their novel. Students are to include a quote and to cite this quote in MLA format in their journal entry.
*Students are to read at least 3 novels during the semester. I have included the dates these novels need to be read on the Journal Entry Prompt Sheets.
There are 6 Journal Entry Prompts to be done before mid-term. There are 8 Journal Entry Prompts to be done before the end of the term.
Both the Daily Reading Log and Journal Entries will be evaluated for completion each term. This counts for 10% of the final grade (5% for each term). I evaluate their Journals using the rubric on the first page of this document.
I think this resource would benefit children in grade 7 & 8, as they are also intermediate grades. I have highlighted in yellow all areas that you may want to edit to suit your classroom/grade.
I hope this editable resource proves to be useful to you! :) I also hope this resource helps your students learn to make better inferences and to improve their reading and writing skills.