Are your students having trouble writing quality reading responses? Do they only tell you their favorite part?!
This makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE! In this pack are MULTIPLE ways you could go about teaching reading responses. I personally like to use multiple types throughout the year to keep kids interested!
On the Reading Response Boxes, students make connections, predictions, inferences, and ask questions. On the back they balance that with a quick "gist" and some reactions. Once their finished with that, they just need to piece it together on the blank lines and order it all in a way that makes sense!
I usually had my students put a number by each part that they did so that it ended up being in order of their true thinking and the story.
One of my FAVORITE parts about this is that students are COMPARING & CONTRASTING all of the different strategies and it becomes more clear to them that a prediction isn't quite the same as an inference, etc. It really brought to their attention that good readers practice multiple strategies at the same time!
Theme can also be tied into the gist, and it's also like a short summary! Example: "My book was about... a girl who wanted to be like everyone else, but finally realized it's important to stay true to herself."
Please let me know how it this ends up working for you and your students!!!!
-Thoughtful Response Rubric you could use as is, or may offer ideas for your own rubric
-Thoughtful Response Writing Paper
-Reading GOALS page
-"My Sticky Thinking" where kids can post/collect their thinking from sticky notes, and put it into a response later. (I like to laminate this page or copy onto card stock so that it can go in their binders, and last all year.) Once they've stuck the most recent stickies and have written there response, they just peel them off to make room for new ones!
-The Thoughtful Response Self-Assessment/Checklist can be copied and glued into reading notebooks, if you use them instead of a binder. You could also have them cut and ready to go, and simply staple it to their reading response.
****The Thoughtful Response Checklist is a GREAT way to incorporate self-assessment and reflection. It can help to remind students what needs to be included in their response, without constant teacher reminders. Students are reminded that writing must always be re-read and checked to ensure all parts are present!
-Two-Column Notes Organizers (Evidence & Reactions, Evidence & Thinking)
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