This is a Literature Response Log for The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
I use the literature log with small groups who are homogeneously grouped by reading level or interest. The literature log is a way for students to discuss and respond in writing to each chapter of the book as they read. This literature log is focused on general comprehension of the text. I also included a biography of the author for more background information.
I always have the students read from the actual text. I vary the reading between students reading aloud in turn around the table, choral reading, and silent reading. In my classroom, a teacher is present to facilitate the discussion of each day’s question, and to check for understanding. Through these questions I focus on students writing in complete sentences, rephrasing the question into their answer, and writing with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
The answers for this literature log vary based on predictions and the students understanding. Of course, some questions do have “right” answers, as some are based directly on the text.
The lines for student responses are larger, such as I use for second graders and third graders who write more largely. There is space at the top of each page for a illustration to aide the students with comprehension.
Key Words: Literature log, reading group, small group literacy, Gertrude Chandler Warner, The Boxcar Children, reading response, Bloom’s taxonomy, writing in complete sentences, Laura Donner