Need a different type of post-reading response?
If your students are tired of answering reading comprehension questions as a means of assessing if they understand the text, try having them write a Visceral Write. Visceral Writes allow you to customize a topic students might respond to; then again, you might want to have an open ended prompt or no prompt at all. I have used this activity in my classroom for several years. The students love to write what they feel about their reading rather than describing what they read or what happened in the text. I am always amazed at the insights and connections they make without my help or guidance. As I read through their Visceral Writes, I mark great questions they raise or awesome insights to use as discussion starters for the next class if we are reading the same text. When I need to differentiate the text complexity levels to meet my students’ needs, I use a Visceral Write as the response activity for everyone. No matter the level of text they are reading, all students can share their voice through their reactions. Use this activity to formatively assess many aspects of your students as readers and writers.
This product includes:
• 1 page teacher handout linking the activity to Common Core Standards (PDF)
• 1 page student writing template (PDF)
• 1 page handout explaining what a Visceral Write is & sentence starters for students to use (PDF)
This 1 hour lesson will engage each student and improve the rigor of traditional reading response journals. This activity works well as a stand-alone assignment, as a ticket out, as a quiz for reading homework, or as part of an on-going unit of study over a novel or set of short stories. Students will enjoy writing from their gut, and teachers will enjoy their varied and often humorous insights.
uploaded on 1/24/2014
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