The following 4 page PDF product is a great tool use for Grade 4 and up to engage them in reading logs, reading responses, summarizing, making connections (self, text, the world) and just writing in general!
The prompts and strategies included also help students to develop / strengthen their critical thinking, opinion forming, ability to see through multiple perspective and overall inquiry skills.
The handout is formatted as follows:
Page 1 - intro to reading log / reading response journal (the thinking, feeling, and writing / drawing that will take place)
- before and during reading strategies that include subheadings and sentence starters
e.g. Clarify Something:
Now I understand it…
This part is really saying….
At first, I thought (fill in the detail), but now I think…
- in total, 39 BEFORE AND DURING reading prompts / sentence starters
Page 2 - before and during reading strategies continued
- 15 AFTER READING prompts / sentence starts that encourage students to analyse, interpret and make inferences about the text
Pages 3-4: this section details 13 VISUAL SUMMARIZING activities students can also complete as part of their reading response / reading log
- examples included creating a flow map to summarize the events that occurred in the reading, creating a Venn diagram to compare characters
Reading Comprehension Questions