After my online search I decided to try a Reader's Notebook. I broke my notebook up into four sections. The first section included a reading log. This is where students kept track of all the books they read. They also kept track of when they started a book and when they finished it.
|This log is right out of The Book Whisper|
The third section of the notebook is our "to read" log. This is where I encourage the kids to write books they know they want to read that they are either waiting to be published, or they are waiting for a friend to finish it first.
The final section (which is about 90% of the notebook) is our reading response section. This is where students keep notes on our mini-lessons. For example, here is an inference chart that I use with my kiddos when I first teach inferences with them. It is a simple chart, but it helps some of them.
This section is also where they write a weekly letter to me about what they are reading. Their letter also needs to show me how they are using the skill we are learning about that week while they read.
How do you assess your students during Reading Workshop? What types of Graphic Organizers do you use? Check out Ideas by Jivey's Workshop Wednesday linky for more great graphic organizer ideas!