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Reading Logs

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All Language Arts students must complete weekly

reading logs. 

Students are required to read 120 minutes (6th grade)     and 150 minutes (7th grade)  each week!          They will also respond to a specific focus question that will be announced in class at the start of the week. Students should be reading every night and completing their reading log throughout the week.   Students must respond accurately to their focus question using complete sentences and providing thoughtful responses.    A thoughtful response should be at least 6-8 detailed   sentences (if not more!).      Students may type or handwrite their reading log response. If students need more room, they may use the back of their log or they may type their response.    Students must take a new reading log every Monday. Reading Logs will be due on Monday each week (unless announced otherwise).    Reading Logs must be signed by a parent and  effectively attempt to address the focus question in  their response in order to receive full credit. Reading Logs are counted as a homework grade and late homework will be marked down.       *Try writing your reading log response like a BCR. This will give you extra practice with citing textual evidence, explaining how your evidence supports your ideas or answer, making inferences, etc... You will be better prepared for BCRs in class and on the MSAs.     

Need a reading log? Download one HERE! Copies are also available in class. 


IMPORTANT: See my Homework Blog for Upcoming Due Dates and the Weekly Focus Question - Please look for the correct date when checking my Homework Blog. I keep all postings on my blog, therefore, it is necessary to check the title of the blog for the date you are looking for to locate the correct focus question. Additionally, students should have this written in their planners! We review the focus question in class daily! 

  • Remember to check in with your student and ask about what they are reading. This a great way to check for understanding and ensure students are accurately completing their homework. You can even have them summarize the section they just read or take turns reading sections out loud.

 Here are some other helpful hints:
  • Have your student read some of the text to you (this will also help with fluency and allow some together time!).

  • Ask questions about their reading.


  • How can they connect to the material? What inferences can they make?


Try asking the following questions when your student is reading fiction:

  • Have you ever faced a problem like the one presented in this story?

  • What are possible messages or main ideas that readers can take from this story?

  • Choose the three most important events, one from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

  • How does the setting of the story make you feel? How does the setting impact the story?

  • What three adjectives would best describe the main character?

  • What do you learn about the main character from his or her actions?

  • If you could ask this author two questions, what would they be? What might the author's answers be?


Try asking the following questions when your student is reading nonfiction:

  • How do the text features used in this text help you know what the main idea is?

  • Using your prior knowledge, what information in this text do you agree with?

  • What details would you include in a summary of this text?

  • What information would you NOT include in a summary of this text?

  • How is the information in this text organized to help you to understand it?

  • What did you learn from reading this text that surprised you?