4th Grade Reading Log and Writing Responses
People who read the most, read the best. The more you read and think about what you are reading, the better
reader you become. In addition, when you write about something you read, your thinking and writing skills
You are required to read from a chapter book four days a week for a total of 2 hours. You must record the
date, title, your time reading (in total minutes), and total pages read. writing is to be done by you!
Summary: This paragraph should be a summary of what read (tell what is happening in the book, use
character names and details about the setting).
Response: This paragraph should be a response to one of the books that you are reading. Start by choosing
one of the templates to write about.
Write about a time in your life that this book reminds you of (Text to Self, T-S)
Write about how it connects to another book or story you know (Test to Text, T-T)
Write about a problem that is happening in the world which is similar to a problem in the book (Text to World,
Write about a character you like, or don’t like, and tell exactly why you feel that way.
Give your opinion or review of this book, or part of the book. Give support for your opinion.
If it’s a non-fiction book, give a couple of interesting facts you have learned.
It it’s a non-fiction book, tell why you wanted to read this and why you’re interested in the subject.
How to complete your Reading Log:
1. Fill in each line: Date (month/day, ex 4/1 for April 1), Title of the book (remember to underline titles and
capitalize the important words), Lexile level of the book, Time read (total minutes you’ve read), and number of
pages you read.
2. Write your paragraph at the bottom of the page or type it on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to write
in neat hand writing and use correct spelling. Use a dictionary or ask a teacher if you don’t know how to spell a
word. Use the book cover to spell the title correctly. Make sure your write in complete sentences and it is
interesting to read!
4. Reading Logs are due each Monday. (That way if you miss a day, you can make it up for homework.)
5. Keep your reading log in your blue take-home folder. Your reading log must travel back and forth with you
between school and home.
Common Core State Standards met:
2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in
the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).