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Questions, prompts, graphic organizers, and guided writing assignments help build comprehension and metacognition skills, helping students think within, about, and beyond the text!
This Common Core-aligned Reader Response Journal truly pushes students to show evidence of their thinking while reading! Save loads of time with this engaging, student-friendly Reading Response Journal!
This ready-to-print-and-go reading journal has changed my students' reading habits for the better, helping them develop wonderful metacognition skills while preparing them for the careful reading, critical thinking, and meaningful writing they need to succeed in secondary grades and on standardized exams.
My classroom mantra is: "Reading is thinking and I need to see or hear evidence of your thinking!" I say it frequently, I post it on the classroom wall, and I hear students say, "I know, I know, reading is thinking and you need evidence of my thinking!" It is with this goal in mind that I have developed this “Reading Response Journal: To Use With Any Book” over the past two decades -- I want to know my students are truly reading, not just skimming through books or pretending to read while daydreaming.
This 28-page product includes:
-Guidelines for students explaining exactly how to use their journal
-Explanation about how to finish one’s novel and journal at the same time
-Model Page based on “Joey Pigza Swallowed a Key” by Jack Gantos
-Model Page based on “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
-Twelve journal pages (see description below)
Journal pages contain a section for students to summarize the plot of the story, then either 2 or 3 journal prompts, allowing students to choose which prompt they’d like to respond to. (There are a total of 33 prompts on 12 pages, allowing you to use this “Reading Response Journal” over and over again without boring your students!)
My 7th and 8th graders read an “Independent Reading Novel” (IRN) each month and fill out one “Reading Response Journal” for each IRN, so they complete this journal 9 times throughout one school year.
Alternatively, this can be used beautifully with in-class literature circles or whole-class novel studies. Journal pages are packed with engaging questions that prompt critical thinking, inferencing, predicting, point of view, author’s craft, compare and contrast, vocabulary study, research, visualizing, identifying protagonists, antagonists, and themes, and more!
Differentiation for inclusive classrooms is built in, including definitions of challenging words (i.e.: protagonist, antagonist, dramatization), scaffolded models using a range of reading levels, students’ choice in each journal response, allowing students to draw responses, and more!
You may also be interested in: Reading Strategies for Middle School
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