At-home reading can be challenging to keep track of. I have tried so many different ways of holding my students accountable including home reading logs with required reading response sheets, a Bag O' Books that needed to be refilled everyday, and a simple monthly calendar.
Over the past couple of years, I have decided that keeping it simple is best for both me and my students. The ultimate goal for me as a teacher is to help my students develop a genuine love for reading. I want them to become life-long readers who choose to read even when it is not required. For this reason, I ask my students to do nothing more than write the amount of time and the title of the book they are reading each evening. (I expect a minimum of 15 minutes each school night.) A calendar goes home at the beginning of the month on which they record the information each night. They turn it in with a parent signature at the end of the month.
I decided that my students do so much reading response in my classroom that I wanted their at-home reading to be less "work." My hope is that they do not think of their nightly reading as work but rather as something they look forward to doing each evening.
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