Adaptable to any independent reading requirement, this resource includes the necessary materials to assess independent reading. The assessment is two part, generating two grades (with easy, ready to use rubrics for each included on a single page).
Part I is an informal "book talk" or conversation the student will have with you. Part II is a passage analysis requiring the student to select and produce an excerpt of 1-3 pages from their book, analyze the author's purpose, and explain in writing how the author achieves that purpose through their use of language.
The student will write three foot notes they turn in to receive their Part II grade.
Included in the resource (All Editable!):
Page 1: Cover Page
Page 2: Assignment Sheet to give two students (includes all guidelines and instructions for both parts and a place for you to fill in your due dates).
Page 3: Student templates showing how to structure their response in writing.
Page 4: A note sheet for book talks with three columns per page that the teacher will use to keep track of the students' talk during conferencing (I punch holes in these and keep them in a binder).
Page 5: Rubric sheet to return to students with their grades. Included on the single page is two four-part rubrics with four categories for each assessment. The four categories are each graded with 25, 10, 15, 5 points possible for each category. Explanations of how students' earn scores in each category are explained. The teacher can circle, highlight, or write on the rubric to tally the students' scores.
I used this assignment to assess my AP English III Summer Reading Nonfiction Choice Book. My students were assigned three books over the summer. Two I selected and assessed using multiple choice tests and in-class writing and one the students chose from a list I provided. This assignment allowed me to assess their summer book assignment quickly and meaningfully. It also allowed me the opportunity to get to know the students and grade the assignments quickly and efficiently.