When you read for pleasure do you record the date and pages read on a worksheet? How does this activity make reading more enjoyable?
Instead of giving students a reading log, try giving them a hexagon instead. Each student can write down a word related to characters, conflict, setting, theme, or mood. Then they can have a discussion in which they look for connections between the novels that they are reading. I wrote a blog post about the lesson from the video (above). Learn more about “Hexagonal Thinking” by reading this post about a whole class activity on theme. I wouldn’t try to have students do this to search for connections between multiple texts without first teaching the hexagonal thinking method as a whole class lesson. As you can see in the video, it is a great way to get students to have meaningful conversations about books.