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Assessment During Individualized Daily Reading: Reading Logs

By Beth Newingham on May 16, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

During Individualized Daily Reading, my students are expected to record every book they read on their reading log in their Reader's Notebook. This helps them keep track of their own reading, and they use it often to reflect on previous books they have read in order to complete daily reading tasks and create genre graphs at the end of each unit.

I also look carefully at each child's reading log. I ask myself the following questions to gain insight on my readers.

  • How many books are they finishing each week?
  • Are they reading a variety of genres? What specific genres are they reading?
  • Are they abandoning books too often?
  • Are they reading at their "just right" level, or are they reading books that are too easy or too challenging?
  • Are they reading chapter books or picture books more often?
  • Do they seem to be recording every book they read?

Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak's book, Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop: Making Informed Instructional Decisions in Grades 3–6, provides great reading log questionnaires that encourage students to revisit and really reflect on their reading so that they can set goals for themselves as readers."

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