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Improving Reading Responses
Lisa Kihn

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.


  1. 1. A well thought out summary and reaction
  2. A timeline of the important events in the story (may include colored pictures and descriptions)
  3. Character sketches (may include colored picture and a written explanation)
  4. Reaction to the author's style, use of descriptive words, use of figurative language, etc.
  5. Choose another title for your book and describe why this would be better; add a colored picture of the new cover.
  6. Rewrite the ending. Explain why you would change it.
  7. Describe how a character in the story changes over time.
  8. How does the main character compare to you?
  9. What does the author do to make you want to keep reading?
  10. Who tells this story? How would the story change if it were told by another character?
  11. Is this story like any other you have read? Compare/Contrast
  12. Give some examples of how the author "shows" instead of "tells"
  13. Compare this author to others you have read.
  14. Do you have strong feelings as you read this story? What did the author do to make you feel strongly?
  15. If your story is fiction, what does the author do to make the story seem plausible?
  16. Choose a secondary character. Describe him/her and explain why the author put him/her in the story.
  17. Explain any symbolism the author uses in the story.
  18. Evaluate the setting of this book. Is it crucial to the story or merely a backdrop?
  19. Could the story take place in a different time period?
  20. Does your author use authentic dialect? How does this affect the story?
  21. Choose a character and describe his/her personality. How has the author revealed this particular personality?
  22. From what point of view is this story written? How does this point of view enhance or detract from the story?
  23. Evaluate your book for gender issues. 
  24. Evaluate the words the author uses. How do they affect the reader?
  25. What would the story be like if the main character were of the opposite sex?


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