This packet includes a reading log assignment and rubric to help keep track of student's independent reading. The assignment requires the students to read 10 minutes each day and log their reading. Then three times a week, they must respond to an extended reading question. These questions address common core skills such as summarizing and responding to literature. In addition to the log and the extended thinking questions, students keep a personal dictionary. Each week, they are responsible for finding 5 new words from their reading. They write down the word, its definition, and use it in an original sentence. This packet addresses both informational texts and literature. I hope this helps your planning!