Students take notes, with the use of a provided guide, on informational books they are reading in class or assigned. They then write a weekly letter to document the assigned reading. This lesson works for assigned books in all subjects including social studies and science. It is a 5 - 8 grade, interactive, year-long lesson. It greatly boosts comprehension of expository reading four ways.

1. Students must do more than just read the assigned book
2. They fill in a note taking, CC aligned guided worksheet
3. They write a weekly letter to show comprehension
4. They grade their worksheet and letter themselves before turning them into their teacher for final evaluation.

This lesson can and should be used every week throughout the year on whatever expository/informational reading books are assigned.

Included in this lesson:
1. The Common Core guidelines for this lesson
2. The lesson plan
3. A nightly reading log
4. The note taking worksheet for informational reading
5. An example on how to fill out the note-taking worksheet
6. An example of what a weekly informational reading letter should look like
7. The student-directed scoring guide.

It is quick and easy for the teacher to give the worksheet and letter a grade because the rubric is easy to follow and is specific, plus students have already given themselves a grade.
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Created: Dec 9, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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