After today’s TES article, I have uploaded an updated version of The Wellington Academy’s Reading Journal which is issued or will be issued to all pupils in years 7-9.
The reading journal challenges pupils to read 40 books across the year and is organised into sections.
- Opening section – opportunity to record pupils’ AR scores. We do this three times a year and will be using the AR screening facility.
- Interest survey – as recommended by Donalyn Miller. An interest survey enables you to identify what your pupils are interested in which makes book recommendations easier.
- Attitudes towards Reading Survey – this helps me to establish my pupils current attitudes towards reading. It provides an effective baseline and a similar survey is present at the end of the booklet to measure the difference in attitudes across the year.
- The 40 book challenge with the aim of widening pupils’ reading habits so they read a range of genres and text types. Includes a graph to tally their progress.
- New for this year – a log, albeit a brief one. Our excellent Teach First Ria Macrae would start each week by bringing up a log on the board and asking pupils what they were reading and where they were up to. (This happened during our 10 mins DEAR time). I am keen we track readers and what they are reading more closely as we do have some pupils who flit from book to book without reading anything consistently and I want to knuckle down on this which is why I’ve included it this year.
- Reading list – adapted from Donalyn Miller. I am in total agreement with Donalyn that I don’t want pupils to think they have to write reams about a book when they have a read a book as this can be off-putting for some. Instead we have opted for short simple reviews which have proven to be really effective this year.
- A reading wish-list to promote the idea that we are always thinking about our next read.
- End-of-year evaluation.