A reading response journal for students to use to engage with text in meaningful and purposeful ways.
A Reading Response Journal is a place for students to write, draw, and share their opinions and ideas over a piece of text that has either been read together or independently in class. This allows students to engage with text in meaningful and purposeful ways.
Provide your students with a copy of the journal to complete before, during, and after reading a piece of text. These templates can be used for most text types and work well in any novel study or book club setting.
The templates included in the journal are:
- predicting and inferring
- making connections
- character report
- retelling important events
- personal review.
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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