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This is a Reader's Response Notebook that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. It was designed mainly for the primary grade levels and I have done my best to design each page as universal as possible so that you can use them for multiple grade levels. The little apples at the bottom of each page give the students tips and reminders. They are more likely to read the speech bubbles than reread the directions.
Here are some tips for using this journal...
When possible, give students choice for independent reading. You may need to help guide them to find an appropriate response activity that will suit their selection or what you are working on.
Throughout the year model each type of response so that students have a clear idea of what you are looking for
Respond to student responses in a timely fashion. Immediate feedback will keep students on track and excited to please you.
Conduct meetings during guided reading, and showcase some exemplar responses during this time. Then send students back to read and respond on their own while it is fresh in their minds.
Use this resource any way you see fit. You do not need to have a structured notebook, like I have suggested. You may choose to teach, model, and then practice one skill at a time.