How I use this is my classroom:
Each of my students has a reading log folder. On Mondays they receive a new reading log that is inserted behind the others (so they stay in order). Each night they read for at least 20 minutes and complete their log. On Thursday evenings they answer the question of the week. They then discuss their answer with the adult in charge of them. They turn their reading log in Friday morning. Sometime before Monday I read their response and responded myself at the bottom.
Question of the week: These questions are derived from Bloom's.
Student response: Students are required to write out and explain their answer correctly. The first week or two I had a few students try to slide by on this, but now they are clear on what is expected.
Adult response: This is where parents/grandparents/babysitters write their response to what the student has discussed with them. They do not read the book or anything else. This isn't meant to be more work for the adult, but to create a dialogue between parent and student.
When you read their response you will be able to gauge their understanding and abilities.
Example from one of my student's log"
Question: If you could give the main character a gift what would it be? Why?
Student Answer: I would give Katniss water. She needs water to survive, and she would be able to trade the water for other supplies. Katniss has shown she is smart enough to drink what she needs and trade the rest for other supplies.
Adult response: I agree with his answer. He explained why Katniss needs water and how it would benefit her.
My response: Very good. I can't wait until you start the next book!
This packet includes reading logs for 10 weeks! Students are to read the same chapter book the whole week. Obviously if they finish a book they may start another, but we focus on reading entire books.