Reading logs are one of several homework assignments that I have been given. Students should still read each night, but there is a reading log to complete 2-4 times a week, depending on the week.
I give a worksheet to guide the reading log and collect it to try to identify areas of focus with your child.
Students should write a summary of what they read, and then analyze a significant event from their reading. Their explanation should explain why the event or piece of text is important and how it will impact the plot, character, etc as the book progresses.
Below are some prompts to help guide students:
NOTICE AND NOTE SIGNPOSTS
CONTRASTS & CONTRADICTIONS When a character does something that contrasts with what you’d expect or contradicts his earlier acts or statements, STOP and ask, “Why is the character doing that?” The answer will help you make predictions and draw inferences about the plot and conflict.
WORDS OF THE WISER When a character (probably older and wiser) takes the main character aside and offers serious advice, STOP and ask, “What’s the life lesson and how might if affect the character?” This lesson is probably the theme of the story.
AHA MOMENT When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something, STOP and ask yourself, “How might this change things?” If it is about a problem, it tells you something about the conflict; if it is a life lesson, it tells you something about the theme.
AGAIN & AGAIN When you notice a word, phrase, or situation mentioned over and over, STOP and ask yourself, “Why does this keep happening again and again?” The answer will tell you about the theme and conflict, or will foreshadow what might happen later in the story.
MEMORY MOMENT When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory, STOP and ask yourself, “Why might this memory be important?” The answer will tell you about the theme and conflict, or will foreshadow what might happen later in the story.
TOUGH QUESTIONS When a character asks himself a very difficult question, STOP and ask yourself, “What does this question make me wonder about?” The answer will tell you about the conflict, and help you think about what might happen later in the story