A reader’s journal helps students to pause and reflect, ask questions, and connect ideas based upon their reading. It is a tool to help you become a more engaged reader. It also acts as a focus for personal ideas you may want to remember for discussing in class, working on a project, or taking a test.
Keeping a reader’s journal allows you to explore texts more deeply and to understand them more fully.
A question I have is…
This story (character, phrase, etc.) makes me feel/think… I think the setting is important because…
I really like/dislike this (idea, person, attitude, etc.) because… What was the author thinking when he/she…
The purpose of a journal is not to test your knowledge of the reading but to help you reflect personally and thoughtfully as you read. As such, there are no right “answers” or uniform expectations. Writing your ideas will help you to clarify your thoughts and will allow me to observe your reading strategies.
Summary of Expectations
In order to gain the most benefits from a reader’s journal, you should:
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