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Need a way to hold students accountable for choice reading? Whether you're using literature circles, a book club format, or some other type of independent reading program, these reader response journal prompts will keep students engaged while allowing them an avenue to share what they are comprehending from their books.
Research shows that asking students to write about what they are reading is one of the most beneficial activities we can ask students to do. And, that's exactly what these prompts can help to accomplish.
The twenty prompts in these reading response journals are geared toward a variety of types of novels. You'll find prompts that will work with fiction as well as some that would be equally appropriate for nonfiction.
They are engaging, versatile, and will encourage students to thoughtfully reflect on what they have read while making connections, inferring, analyzing, evaluating, and more.
Students are encouraged to use textual evidence to support their responses, and based upon their writing, you will have a window into how they are processing their novel. As such, these prompts work well as springboards for conferring with students about their choice reading novels.
With purchase, you will receive:
- Suggested use
- Grading guidance
- 20 engaging prompts with a built-in and concise rubric
- An editable version of the prompts in PPT with basic fonts
Journal topics range from thematic concepts to personal responses and from social-media to reading strategies.
Want to know more about running a book club? Read this post on my blog for more information on how I make independent reading enjoyable for my high school students without sacrificing rigor and accountability.
These prompts are appropriate for junior high or high school students. I space them out throughout the course of the year, using 2 or 3 each month, to track students' reading pace and comprehension.
***This lesson is available as part of a larger INDEPENDENT READING BUNDLE.
You may also be interested in these fiction and nonfiction discussion task cards for independent reading.
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