This summer reading letter is the perfect way to assess a student's independent reading over summer vacation but could easily be used as an independent reading project at any point in the school year. The project will work with any book a student might choose, whether fiction or non-fiction, and is a great tool for teaching letter-writing format. Though this project is most appropriate for middle schoolers, it could easily be modified for younger or older readers. This resource is offered as a Word document so that teachers may modify it in any way they see fit.
The topics that the student is charged with addressing in the three-paragraph letter to a character of their choice are . . .
1. Your reaction to the events in the book.
2. Your feelings about the character’s choices.
3. What you think the character should do now (at the conclusion of the book).
This comprehensive resource includes a detailed assignment (with places to fill in deadlines), a user-friendly rubric, a pre-writing organizer, and a three-round peer-editing guide.
In order to get the most use out of this resource, your students should have access to a computer in order to type their letters.