A reading response journal is a notebook that students use expressly for "talking" -- thinking and writing -- about what they read. In their journals, students share feelings, reactions, and ask questions about elements -- including characters, the setting, symbols, the plot, and themes -- of the books they are reading Response journals can help teachers assess students' comprehension and critical thinking abilities.
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Reading Response Journals: Writing After Reading Is Revealing!
In an effort to encourage all students to think more about what they read and confidently share their observations and opinions, some teachers are turning to the reading response journal and are gaining insights they never anticipated. Included: Tips to help teachers establish effective journal-writing experiences.