I am loving this graphic organizer! This graphic organizer serves many purposes for me. I originally wanted to create something that held my students accountable for their reading. While I totally value my students reading many different stories, I also love it when they focus on one text and dive a little deeper. This is a way for me to do this during their independent reading time, while I am working with a small group. When my students finish a story, this graphic organizer asks them to identify:
-three adjectives that describe this book
-their opinion of the book
-three reasons to defend their opinion of the book
-a friend that may enjoy the book and state WHY they think that friend may enjoy the book
My students are able to, at their own level, access their understanding of stories to analyze whether or not they enjoy a story. My students think about many aspects of the story from the genre, author's purpose, point of view, text features, characters, setting, plot, word choice, etc!! Everything that we have learned about so far in regard to writing and reading is fair game! One of my students wrote: "I really enjoyed this story because the author used a lot of spicy words. It wasn't boring." It is super exciting for me when I see my students accessing their prior knowledge to critique a story.
This also helps my students understand themselves as readers and learn about their likes and dislikes. This graphic organizer gives me an opportunity to chat with students about a book and extend their thinking. I enjoy having students share their recommendations with the friend that they thought would enjoy the story. It is a great, literature-rich conversation starter :)