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Have your students interact with the texts they are reading on a deeper and more personal level by purchasing this reader's response journal activity. The requirements for this journal activity encourage students to discuss what is happening in the text by comparing it to their own life, society at large, or other texts they have read and movies they have seen. It also encourages students to analyze the major characters, themes, and conflicts that shape the text. If you are looking for an easy and engaging way to have students critically think about a text, then this activity is perfect for your classroom. There are several effective ways to implement a reader's response journal into your curriculum, such as:
- Turning it into an eye-catching poster for your room.
- Turning it into a poster to use as a wall calendar for students to remind them when their journals are due.
- Assigning a series of journals as comprehension checks/informal assessments for an in-class novel or text. Gauge how your students are comprehending a short story, memoir, or novel by having them periodically complete a journal and turn it in.
- Assigning one journal response as a culminating activity/written exam for a certain novel, short story, or informational text.
- Assigning a series of journals for students to complete for a novel they are reading outside of class independently.
- Using the journals as a way to keep literature circle members prepared with information and reactions to discuss in their small groups.
Keywords: reader's response, journal, citing evidence, citing textual evidence, progress monitoring, informative assessment, comprehension checks, literature circles, literary analysis