The One and Only Ivan: A Reading-Response Journal for Third-Fifth Grade

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is one of the greatest novels I have ever read to my students. It not only brought us closer together as a class, it generated many wonderful, rich conversations. Somehow, this text is both simple and complex and I think that’s why it appeals to students of varying reading levels. There are so many ways to take this novel to a higher level, but at the same time, those students with comprehension skills that are still developing can appreciate it as well.

This is a 40-page reading-response journal to accompany the text. It is essential that the teacher assigning the questions/writing prompts has already read the text, as there is no answer key included with this product due to the open-ended nature of the questions/prompts.

The questions/prompts need to be assigned in order, but not every one of them needs to be assigned. In fact, I’d strongly advise against assigning each question as it would take far too long to complete the novel and I think some of the book’s magic would be lost. For this reason, the pages are not numbered. Teachers can mix-and-match and determine which questions/prompts will work best for individual students. This means that you can really customize this product to suit the needs of your class. I created this resource with my own students in mind. I wanted to provide all students in my class with an opportunity to connect with the text on a personal level.

Teachers can choose ten or so questions/prompts for students to respond to, assemble them as a booklet, and assign the product as a unique book report or reading-response journal.

This product is perfect for:

• providing students with an opportunity to write for a specific purpose
• assessing reading comprehension skills
• providing students with an opportunity to explore text-to-self connections
• assessing your students’ writing skills as they relate to giving evidence from a text to support their ideas and opinions
• use at Literacy Stations
• assigning as homework
• assisting students in preparing for the types of questions they might expect on a standardized test

The product includes:

• a title page for students to color
• 40 rich, higher-level thinking questions/writing prompts
• where appropriate, each question/prompt includes a checklist for students to complete to make sure their work meets expectations

Should you need the checklist, or anything for that matter, modified to better suit your classroom or district expectations, don’t hesitate to email me. I’d be happy to make the changes and send you the revised product.

To be sure this product meets your expectations, here's what the product does NOT include:

• There is no answer key or instructional guide to the text, teachers must read the book prior to assigning the questions/prompts
• There are no “craftivities” or extension projects (e.g. Math or Visual Arts) suggested or included
• There is not a question/prompt for every chapter –students (or teacher reading aloud) must read to the end of a specific chapter and then respond to a question/prompt
• There are no vocabulary lists, word-searches, word study activities, fill-in-the-blank pages, etc.

This product really is all about writing about reading and supporting students as they begin to explore/develop their expository writing skills.

The great thing about this product is that it’s a mix-and-matcher. You can pick and choose which activities you want to use from one year to the next and from one student to another.

Please be sure to download the preview file. It really is the best description of the product. In order to be sure this is the right product for you and your grade level, the free five-page sample provides an overview of the type of questions/prompts you can expect from the full resource.

Thanks so much for visiting my store!

Patti Mihalides

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