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Reader Response Journal Guide

Reader Response Journal Guide

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Response Journal Guidelines for Students
Handout 2 
Take time to write down anything in relation to the text. If certain statementsintrigue you, or if you are attracted to characters or issues or problems, write your response. Try to take at least five minutes to write when you have finishedan assignment or when you have put your book down for a break. You may wantto write something that strikes you then.
Make connections with your own experience. What does the reading make youthink of? Does it remind you of anything or anyone?
Make connections with other texts or concepts or events. Do you see anysimilarities between this text (concepts, events) and other texts (concepts,events)? Does it bring to mind other related issues?
Ask yourself questions about the text: What perplexes you about a particularpassage? Try beginning, “I wonder why…” or “I’m having trouble understandinghow…,” or “It perplexes me that…,” or “I was surprised when….”
Try agreeing with the writer. Write down the supporting ideas. Try arguing withthe writer. On what points, or about what issues, do you disagree? Think of your journal as a place to carry on a dialogue with the writer or with the text inwhich you actually speak to him or her. Ask question; have the writer respond.What happens when you imagine yourself in his or her shoes?
Write down striking words, images, phrases, or details. Speculate about them.Why did the author choose them? What do they add to the story? Why did younotice them? Divide your notebook page in half and copy words from the textonto the left side; write your responses on the right. On a first reading youmight put checks in the margin where the passages intrigue you; on the secondreading, choose the most interesting ideas and then write about them.
Tim West and Debbie Hurt, CD1, Set 7 Across Five Aprils—A Novel StudyC·R·E·A·T·E for MississippiCopyright ©2002. All rights reserved.This document may be copied and distributed for nonprofit educational purposes only provided that credit is given to C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi.

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