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Assessment During Individualized Daily Reading (IDR): Reading Response

By Beth Newingham on May 17, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

My students respond to their Individualized Daily Reading work in different ways. They often use reading response task sheets to show the thinking they do as they read each day in relation to the skill taught in the mini-lesson.

I try to check in on their reading responses very regularly, as their work helps me know if they truly understood the concept taught in the daily mini-lesson and were able to apply it to their independent reading. I may decide I need to reteach a mini-lesson if students' reading responses reflect poor understanding or application of the skill or strategy I taught them.

As I read over their reading responses, I ask myself the following questions:

  • Do their reading responses show strong comprehension of their self-selected texts?
  • Are students actually responding to their reading?  (Sometimes I will find students who are not responding at all!)
  • How thoughtful are their responses?
  • How comfortable are they writing about what they read?
  • Are their written responses reflective of the skills and/or strategies I have taught in my mini-lessons?

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