Requiring students to submit a weekly, well-thought-out "Reading Response" is
one way for teachers to foster more awareness among students of their thoughts
as they read. It also allows them time to hold an idea long enough to scrutinize
it. Students may use their "lit logs" during the week to jot down notes
or ideas in a rough draft form, so that they have plenty of material to
work with when they write a final draft. I require that the weekly piece
be turned in typed and carefully edited.
HERE IS A LIST OF SUGGESTED READING RESPONSE DEAS:
1. A well thought out summary and
A timeline of the important events
in the story (may include colored pictures and descriptions)
Character sketches (may include colored
picture and a written explanation)
Reaction to the author's style, use
of descriptive words, use of figurative language, etc.
Choose another title for your book
and describe why this would be better; add a colored
picture of the new cover.
Rewrite the ending. Explain why you
would change it.
Describe how a character in the story
changes over time.
How does the main character compare
What does the author do to make you
want to keep reading?
Who tells this story? How would the
story change if it were told by another character?
Is this story like any other you
have read? Compare/Contrast
Give some examples of how the author "shows" instead
Compare this author to others you
Do you have strong feelings as you
read this story? What did the author do to make you feel
If your story is fiction, what does
the author do to make the story seem plausible?
Choose a secondary character. Describe
him/her and explain why the author put him/her in the
Explain any symbolism the author
uses in the story.
Evaluate the setting of this book.
Is it crucial to the story or merely a backdrop?
Could the story take place in a different
Does your author use authentic dialect?
How does this affect the story?
Choose a character and describe his/her
personality. How has the author revealed this particular
From what point of view is this story
written? How does this point of view enhance or detract
from the story?
Evaluate your book for gender issues.
Evaluate the words the author uses.
How do they affect the reader?
What would the story be like if the
main character were of the opposite sex?
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