This is a lit log for The Principal's Underwear Is Missing (written and illustrated by Holly Kowitt). The graphic illustrations greatly assist the reluctant reader.
This humorous book deals with some serious issues that upper elementary/middle school students deal with daily: personal/social issues; friendships; frenemies; bullying; teasing; pranks; growing up; cliques and interest groups; and parent and school expectations and rules.
This lit log can be used as a guide for direct reading instruction (guided reading, novel study, literature circle, close reading) or to assist during a read aloud. The key focus skills in the lit log are: 1. analyze how visual elements contribute to text; 2. use text to explain/draw inferences (make predictions); 3. describe point of view; and 4. use text to determine meaning of words/phrases. Other focus skills in the lit log are: 1. determine theme/summarize (sequence events) and 2. describe/compare/contrast characters, setting, events.