Brain pages are organizers meant to help students track their thinking while reading. The goal is for students to move away from looking for the “right” answer when reading and begin to make meaning for themselves. These pages should be modeled individually for students, so they are aware of your expectations for use. While reading, allow students to choose which Brain Page works for them! This is a great tool if you use book clubs or literature circles. They provide enough scaffolding for students to be independent, while giving them the freedom to express their thoughts.
You will notice when you go through this resource that there are not many explicit directions on any of the Brain Pages. This is intentional. As readers, we need to be free to make meaning in whatever way works best for us. While it can be very helpful to have something to get us started, it is important that we aren’t stifling our children’s creativity. As Harvey said, “Talk about it, and get another book”. If the assignment has an answer key, it is most likely NOT giving children room to make meaning on their own. I would not suggest assigning a specific page for a specific reason…let these pages be a tool that children can choose from and learn from.
This resource includes 16 pages right now. A few of the pages come in more than one format giving a total of 20 printable pages. This will be updated and the price will increase when the number of pages increases!