The Reading Record

Why should I use this literacy tool?
This record of students’ self-selected reading of text (outside or inside of class) encourages them to create a habit of reading. In addition, this record supports fluency, provides a way for teachers to give feedback to students, helps students develop organization skills, and provides a method for tracking what they read over a period of time. Additionally, research shows the more time students spend reading, the more proficient they become.

How do I use this tool?
Ask students to record their reading daily, weekly, bi-weekly, etc. The reading can take place in school or outside of school. Students may use a blank reading record such as the one provided or a reading record notebook.

What are the benefits of conferencing with students about their reading record? Having a conversation with students about their reading will place value on the process. Your engagement with the process through a conversation and feedback will set it apart from “busy work”. In a follow up conversation ask students about their reading.
The following questions are examples of ways you may engage in conversation (one or two minutes). Do not use these questions as a list you go down and check off; rather use them as “jumping off points” into a natural conversation.

  • Are there any books you did not finish? Why did you stop reading?
  • Look at the categories. Were you reading different kinds of books or the same kind?
  • What did you like most about the categories you chose? Do you plan to try new categories?
  • What was the most difficult book? Why? How was it worth or not worth the difficulty involved in reading it?
  • What helps you comprehend challenging parts of stories?
  • What do you know now that you did not know before reading this text?
  • Will you read another text by this author? Why or why not?
  • Tell a little about how and why you selected to read what you did. Were books recommended by friends or family? Did you choose a book because of your interests or because you saw the movie?
  • Why is it important to keep track of your reading?
  • What are you interested in reading next?

* If you are unable to confer with students you may engage with them by writing a comment or question in the box provided. Your engagement with this process is key!

The Reading Record


Date Title Author Category
(Fiction, Non-
fiction, Poetry,
(or Time)
(Teacher or Student)