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Journal Responses: Any Novel or Short Story

Grade Levels
5th - 10th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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A handout of journal response ideas gives students starting points for interacting with the characters and events in the plot. They align with ELA CCSS 6,7,8 Grade and RL 3,4,5,6. Teacher suggestions are included for this purpose, and I include a CCSS ELA check list for RL 3,4,5,6 skills. Excellent for all-class and small group reading, and work very well for summer packets.

Secondly, a simple two page literature circle handout is included to give a break and some variety to student written responses. This recap also aligns with CCSS ELA as noted above.

In addition, a page of bookmarks (six to a page) have additional response questions and journal starters.

A matrix for students to use to start their journals is included, that contains directions for the students.

There is also a one-page evaluation sheet students may quickly fill out for independent reading or group reading that might be used when lengthy book reports are not desired.

I added a word search for early finishers and a poster for your reading area.

If you are assigning summer reading, these journal responses and recap pages make excellent additions to the summer packet as they apply very well to independent reading.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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