• Reader Response Organizational Tools

     

    The following documents may help your readers organize their reading response pieces, reading logs, etc. all in one place.
     
    REMEMBER:  Reading response doesn"t have to happen in a spiral notebook only via letters to the teacher.  Students can respond through post-it notes, anchor charts, graphic organizers, multimedia, etc.

     
     
     

    Suggestions for Reading Response Topics

     

    Click on links below to download examples for use in your classroom:

     
     

    Scroll down to see some sample starter prompts:

     
     
    Story Elements
    • Explore how the main character changed throughout the story.
    • Write about something that surprised you or that you found interesting.
    • Describe an interesting or important character in your book.
    • Write about your favorite part of the book and why it was important to the story.
    • Tell your thoughts or feelings about the theme of the story.
    • Write a letter to a character in the book or a letter from one character to another.
    • Compare two characters in the book to each other by describing their similarities and their differences.
    • Describe places where the author gives good descriptions of the characters, setting, problem, or solution.
    • Write a diary entry in the voice of a character in your book.
    • Compare a character in your book to a character in another book you have read.
    • Describe what you notice about the illustration.  What purpose do they have?  Do they add to the story?
     
    Recall
    • Summarize the chapter you just read.
    • Describe in details the setting of your book and how it fits into the story.
    • Draw a picture of the climax of the story.
    • List five adjectives that describe the book’s main character.
    • Describe the setting of the story and illustrate it.
    • List five facts you learned about the topic covered in the book or article.
    • Retell the ending of the story AND write your feelings about it.
     
    Prediction
    • How do you think the story will end?
    • Which character do you think will change the most by the end?  Why?
    • Who do you think the culprit is?  Why?
    • Based on the title, what do you think the book is about?
    • How do you think this conflict will be resolved?
    • Draw a picture of what you think will happen next.  Describe it.
    • Write your predictions about the story and tell whether or not they were right.
     
    Connections
    • How is this book similar to another you have read by this author?
    • Create a Venn diagram that compares the setting of this story with the area where you live.
    • What were your feelings after the first chapter?
    • What advice would you give a character in this book?  Why?
    • What character would you most like to be?  Why?
    • If you were a character in this book, how would it affect the plot?
    • Describe a character’s personality trait that you’d like to possess.  Why do you like this trait?
    • Explain how the book reminds you of yourself, people you know, or of something that happened in your life (T-S Connections).
    • Explain how the book reminds you of other books, especially the characters, events, or setting (T-T Connections).
    • Describe how this book is like other books by the same author, on the same topic, or in the same genre.
    • Do any of the characters remind you of friends, family members, or classmates?  Explain.
    • How have you changed after reading this book?  Explain.
    • If you could be related to a character, who would it be and why?
     
    Opinion
    • Why do you think the author chose the opening line he or she did?  Did you like it?  Did it make you want to read further?
    • Who is your favorite character?  Why?  Draw a picture of this character.
    • What do you think of the antagonist’s actions?  Are they right or wrong?
    • What do you think is the most important scene in the book?  Why?
    • How would a different setting affect the story?
    • Was the cover design effective?  Did it make you want to read the book?  Create a new cover design for this book.
    • Did you like the ending of the book?  How would you have liked it to end?  Rewrite a new ending for the book.
    • Write a question you would like to ask the author.  How do you think he or she would respond?
    • Do you agree with the point the author is making?  Why?
    • Did the graphs and diagrams help you understand the text better?
    • Do you like the ending of this book?  Why or why not?  Do you think there is more to tell?
     
    Language
    • Copy a sentence from the book that you think is well written.  Why do you like this sentence?  Illustrate the sentence.
    • Find examples of figurative language in the text.  Write them down.
    • List five words from the book that you find interesting or unfamiliar.  Write their definitions and use them each in a sentence.
    • Describe the author"s craft: What was good about the author"s writing?  What things might you try to do in your own writing that you learned from this author?
    • Describe how the author makes you feel through their writing.
     
    Evaluation
    • Did you enjoy the book?  Why or why not?
    • Was the book hard or easy to read?  Why?
    • What didn’t you understand in the text?
    • Would boys and girls enjoy this book equally?  Support your reasons.
    • Would you like to read more books by this author?  Why or why not?
    • Do you think the author chose a good title for the book?  Why or why not?
    • What did you learn about the time in which the story took place?
    • Write about an important lesson that was learned in the story.
    • Describe parts of the book that puzzled you or made you ask questions.
    • Explain why you think that your book is popular with students in the class (if it is popular with other readers in the class).
    • Would you recommend the book to another reader?  Explain why or why not.
    • Describe what you would change about the book if you could rewrite it.
    • Explain what you want to remember about this book and why.
    • Make a list of “lingering questions” you have after finishing the book.
    • Make a list of things you don’t understand, find confusing, or have questions about.
     
    Alternative Responses
    • Write a “book-fommercial” to convince or persuade others to read this book.
    • Write a poem about your book.
    • Write a eulogy (a speech honoring someone after death) for one of the characters.
    • Create a slogan for the book and explain why you chose this.
    • Illustrate a book cover different from what is on your book.
    • Write a feasible solution for a problem a character has that is different from anything suggested in the book.
    • Pretend that you are the author and writing a sequel to this book.  Explain what should happen.
    • Give 3 reasons why this book should be taught to the whole class.
    • Choose a food that represents this book and explain why.
    • Create a theme song with lyrics for the book.
    • Write a letter to the author of your book.
    • Choose a character of the book, decide what would be an appropriate birthday present for that character and explain why.
    • Discuss a portion of the book that was too predictable.
    • Create an award for this book.  Explain the award and why this book received it.
    • Make a list of the characters in your book and then create a cast of famous people that you would choose to portray that character if you were making a movie.
    • Write a letter to a character in your story.
    • Make a comic strip story, (minimum of 3 frames)
    • Make a timeline of the events (minimum 5 events) in this story.  You must illustrate each even and label each event with a caption or description.
    • Make a list of character in your book.  Transform the major characters in your book to animals.  Decide upon an animal for each based upon personality traits.
    • List 10 interesting words from you book and…(choose one):
      • Tell why each word is interesting.
      • Write a definition for each word.
      • Use each in a sentence of your own.