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Reader's Notebook Assessment

By Beth Newingham on December 5, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

Since students are constantly using their Reader's Notebook to record books they've read, reflect on their reading, track their reading progress, talk back to their books, and set reading goals, it is important that I take time to check in on their work. It is also important to hold my students accountable for maintaining their Reader's Notebook and using it to improve their reading. For this reason, I created a Reader's Notebook Rubric that I use to assess the effort, care, and thought that is put into each student's notebook.

Whenever I formally assess the notebooks, I have the students take them home for their parents to review as well. It is important for parents to observe their child's reading growth over the year, and the Reader's Notebook is a very concrete way for parents to see it.

Download the Reader's Notebook Rubric.

Comments (2)

Thank you so much for all the information you've shared about your Reader's Notebooks! I have been using Reading & Writing Notebooks in my classroom the last few years that have been inspired by yours!

I'm hoping you can help me find part 2 of a practice test I'd like to use with my 3rd graders. It is called "Edition 3 Reading Skills Practice Test" and it says "this is the first of your three practice tests for 2012-13. My problem is that I don't remember where I got part one. I was looking forward to giving it 2 more X's this year, and it may have been a link I read somewhere - possibly yours??? I enjoy reading your hints and use your ideas. THank you! Do you know about the above test published by Scholastic news?

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