So what is an effective way for reading response AND keep your students accountable for their reading? Reading Response Notebooks! Use the following ideas for using reading response notebooks:
✓ Setting Description
✓ Problem Solving
✓ Figurative Language
✓ Sequence of Events
✓ Text Illustration
✓ Point of View of 2 Characters
✓ Text Connection
✓ Main Idea and Details
✓ Meaningful Quote
✓ Point of View
✓ Text Connections
✓ Text Evidence
2. Next, decide on how many times you would like to assess each skill.
Once? You can use response questions for a project where students need to complete them (fiction, nonfiction, or combination) by a due date.
Twice? Model responses for the whole group reading, then assign the same response questions for their independent reading.
Quarterly? Use the same response questions each quarter and track student progress.
3. For each response, students should record the title of the text. For fiction, also have them identify the genre. For nonfiction, have them identify the source. (ex. newspaper article, website, book, etc.)
4. Review the skill/strategy and your expectations with the students. In my Reading Response Notebooks, I include 3 rubrics. One for an individual skill, another for all of the fiction skills, and the third for all of the nonfiction skills. Encourage students to write enough details to provide a thorough response. Use a rubric to explain expectations! This is an example for individual skill.
How do I put the notebooks together?
1. Print a cover on white cardstock or have students create their own decoration for the cover.
2. Have students color the cover.
3. Use two different color cardstock, one for fiction and one for nonfiction.
4. Add a tab for fiction and nonfiction.
5. Print response pages or place enough paper for the amount of response you want for each category. Click Here for response pages.
6. Create a table of contents and/or tracking chart.
7. Put the notebooks together: Cover page, table of contents, tracking form, fiction cover page and printable, nonfiction cover page and printables, and rubric (optional).
8. Hole punch the pages.
9. Place them in a 3-prong folder that can support 24 pages or more if you are using them more than once. My FAVORITE is Oxford Clear Report Covers. http://amzn.to/2j9dIP3
They fit 100 pages which works great for one time, semester, or quarterly assessments and are durable enough for reuse. I love the clear front page. I wouldn't recommend regular report covers with the plastic sliding bar becasue they are hard to maneuver. A small binder would work too.
10. Add tabs and waaaahlllllaaa! You are ready for reading response!
If you would like all of this prepped for you with Common Core standards on each page, CLICK HERE. This reading response notebook will save you time and provide your students with an abundance of both FICTION AND NONFICTION skills and stategies. It can be used multiple times to help students get a clear understanding of each skill. There are specific questions for each skill or strategy that guide your students to understand how to respond to that particular skill or strategy.