Project Title: Literary Reading Journals
Centerpoint, angel, myelearning, or Blackboard system
Word documents passed back and forth through the server with comments
a blog in which readers can comment about the reading journal
there are many options depending on if you want to get feedback from the reader of the journal or not.
(I usually have a template that students put on their computer and then they highlight the lines and type their journal entry and submit electronically.)
Subject and Grade Level: Any grade level
Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered: any subject area related to their reading
Standards: 12.1.1, 12.1.3, 12.1.4, 12.2.1, 12.2.5
Suggestions: I use the reading journals in conjunction with AR because it seemed like either parents were signing the logs without making sure the students read the assigned minutes or a student would lose points because his or her parent was too busy to sign the log even though the student read. Rather than having the parent verify reading, the student writes a summary once a week that shows what’s happening in his or her book. I have the assignment broken down into sections so students can develop interactive reading skills.
Materials needed: computer
Lesson Plans/Directions: Once a week students write a journal entry over their personal reading. Most students use their AR novels so there is a variety of literary works, but the format is basically the same. I have students write the date they do the journal, the title and reading level of the novel, page number, define a literary term and give an example (if there’s not an example in their book they may refer to another book or movie, I just want to make sure they can apply the knowledge), plot summary, and reader reaction. My students know that I want the thoughts to be first priority, but writing conventions and length also play a part in their grade. Students are able to get consistent writing practice without the stress of a major assignment. I also motivate students to get their goal by excluding the assignment after they achieve their goal. It’s amazing how much more time students find to read if they know that they will not have to do assignments after they earn my maximum points per quarter. The most I assign a student is 50 points a quarter because I want them to have time to enjoy their activities. Even though they only have to have 50 points, students have to keep using their AR time wisely. Since I implimented my mpq, the number of points that students get has actually increased.