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Reading Log

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I put this reading log together for my students in my advanced integrated reading, writing, discussion, and grammar class to complete as we read through a memoir. It provides a great resource to center class discussions and group activities around. Feel free to access this document as a Google Doc template by going to http://bit.ly/readinglog2019 so you can also make changes to fit your needs. Here are some things you can do with this reading log in your class:

 

Confusion Discussion: Have students share the sentences they were confused about. Have them see if they can find someone to explain the part they were confused about. They could do this by working with a partner, walking around and talking to different classmates, in a speed dating discussion line, or in book groups.

Book Group Discussion: Put students into groups and have them share their short summaries and talk about their thoughts, reactions, connections.

Questions: Before starting to use this reading log, I’d give a lesson on question formation. I had my students work in different groups to create posters about assigned question types, (i.e yes/no in past, yes/no in present, wh in past, etc.). Students then taught their question type to the class. I kept the posters up in class for students to reference. There are many ways you could use the questions students write. Below is one way I structured it:

In book groups, I asked students to review everyone’s questions and correct any mistakes in structure they noticed. I then asked them to compile a list from all of their questions onto a 11X17 piece of paper. I told them not to write the answers, but they should write the page numbers.

 

Once students compiled their lists, I rotated the question lists to other groups and had them work to 1). Check the grammar of the questions and correct anything they saw wrong, then 2) answer the questions and discuss and take notes on the discussion questions.

 

Vocabulary: You could do different things with this section. Here are some ideas:

When grading the reading logs, you could type up all of the students’ vocabulary words into a vocabulary.com list and then in class do a vocabulary jam competition for fun.

 

Give students a notetaker and have them walk around and share some of the words they learned and also take notes on words they learn from their classmates.

 

The grammar: The purpose of this section is to have students notice how certain grammar structures are being used in real language. Here are some ways to use this section in class:

 

In students book groups, have them compare each example of the different structures and talk about what they notice. You could then have them reproduce their own examples.

Assign each book group a specific structure to focus on. Have them compare their examples and then create a poster to present about how to use the particular structure.

 


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