Sometimes Readers Just Need a Jump-Start.
Any good literacy program includes a large focus on reader’s response. And you probably hate it. Why? Because you’re sick and tired of reading those responses over and over that are nothing more than a summary or retelling. In fact, they aren’t responses at all. You’ve gone back to your students and explained what a response is, but all you get in return is a frustrated student telling you how they “just don’t have anything to write about!”
Look, I understand your frustration, but reading response really can help your students become better, more thoughtful readers. They just need a little help getting started—and that’s exactly what you can offer them with my Thoughtful Reading Response Starters.
How to Use the Thoughtful Reading Response Starters
There are a number of ways to use them. Run a million copies, cut them up, and place them at the front of the room for students to grab during independent reading. Or maybe you can choose a specific thought bubble, run copies, and give it to students during guided reading to help them focus on a specific topic. You could even give each student a copy of them all, and allow them to cut one out to attach to each response. Once they’ve used a response, they have to use a different one next time, until they have used them all. The possibilities are endless!