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Reading Response Logs September 9, 2007

Filed under: grammar,reading activities,reading and writing,response logs,wn entry — hey2blondie @ 8:49 pm

ReadersThis week I will be introducing Reading Response Logs to my sixth grade students. I got the idea and format from Chris Tovani’s book Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? I have had my sixth graders do these since 2005. With Reading Response Logs, I have seen great improvement with their writing along with their written expression. Reading Response Logs are also a great way to track whether or not your students are reading. I have assigned my students a day to turn in their logs from Monday to Thursday each week. I have 2 sixth grade classes, so I don’t want to be overloaded with grading these. Staggering the days does help significantly.

Before assigning the logs, I present to them a power point that I designed from one of our stories from the reading book. During the power point, I model how I am thinking and how I would place my thoughts onto a sticky note. I even have my students help me come up with thoughts. After presenting the power point, I will have my students staple the format and example log into their 3 subject spiral notebook, which is labeled Reading Response Log. I created a sample log that shows them exactly what to do when it’s time for them to do a log on their own. I will also show them student examples of a response log from previous students.

The next day I will have the students practice writing a log from the story in our reading books. After using the reading book, they will use an AR book that they choose to read. With my lower students, I allow them to use the reading book for a few weeks longer so that they can get the hang of it.

I enjoy reading their logs and seeing their progress throughout the year!


I am big on CHIPS! I take 2 points per error except for run ons and fragments. I take 4 points off for those.











3 Responses to “Reading Response Logs”

  1. Susan Dambrell Says:

    I am teaching reading in the Social Studies content area for the first time (90 min. block). I agree with your ideas and would like to see your response log sheet and example. Thanks for posting your thoughts and procedures.

  2. hey2blondie Says:

    On the post above, click on response log sheet and example response log right above the punctuation pictures.

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