This past year we required students to write letters to us about about a book they read or are reading every Friday. Students were able to think about what they were reading and put it into words. You can see our directions, sentence stems, example letter and templates at my TPT Store. Some students wrote about a picture book each weekend while others wrote about the chapter book they were reading over several weeks. One girl wrote about the Percy Jackson book series she was reading with her family. Her letters made me want to read the books and so I put it on my Someday List – so far I finished the first one and loved it.
The most challenging part was definitely writing each of them back. Even if my co-teacher and I split the letters, it was still 13-14 per week. However, students applied what they were learning in reading as well as our feedback to their letters. This is an assignment that we will continue to use with a slight modification. We have plans for students to blog their responses by mid-year and then in March participate in the Slice of Life Classroom Challenge.