This past school year my school district adopted Scott Foresman’s Reading Street 2013 edition. I’ve spent the past year experimenting with different ways I like to incorporate the various components in my classroom. One of the resources I’ve found useful are the “Think Critically” questions that come at the end of every story in the student text books. There are five questions that range from reading comprehension skills to text-to-self connections to text-to-text connections. These questions require students to use critical thinking skills and go back in the text to find evidence to support their answers. I’ve used these questions for student discussions and also for student journaling.
Last year I had students write their journal entries in a spiral notebook. This worked well, but the only problem was the students only had one spiral notebook which we needed for other purposes. So, I decided for next year I would make my kiddos a reading response journal and spiral bind it.
This file contains the questions found on the “Think Critically” page of the student text book for each story in units 1-6 along with space for students to write their responses. Using this file you can have your students respond to all 5 journal questions, or you can pick and choose which ones are right for your students.
To use this file print either cover page, color or black & white, on cardstock and laminate for wear. Print the rest of the journal pages, put a piece of laminated cardstock as a back cover, and bind with a black spiral binding coils. Your students will be able to use this booklet to record their reading responses for the entire year.