Reading Response ideas
There are many different ways readers can respond to literature in order to gain insights into text, reveal their thinking, and interact with literature in meaningful ways. Here are some ways you can respond to the books you are reading!
-Write about your favorite part of the book and why it was important to the story.
-Describe in details the setting of your book and how it fits into the story.
-Write about something that surprised you or that you found interesting.
-Describe an interesting or important character in your book.
-Describe parts of the book that puzzled you or made you ask questions.
-Retell the ending of the story AND write your feelings about it.
-Write your predictions about the story and tell whether or not they were right.
-Explain how the book reminds you of yourself, people you know, or of something that happened in your life (T-S Connections). How does this help you understand the story better?
-Explain how the book reminds you of other books, especially the characters, events, or setting (T - T Connections). How does this help you understand the story better?
-Compare a character in your book to a character in another book you have read.
-Compare two characters in the book to each other by describing their similarities and their differences.
-What type of a person is the main character? Infer a character trait and give 3 details or examples from the text to support your thinking.
Choose a secondary character. Describe his/her relationship to the main character.
-Explore how the main character changed throughout the story. How did his feelings or actions change and why?
-Write a letter to a character in the book or a letter from one character to another.
-Write a diary entry in the voice of a character in your book.
-Write about an important lesson that was learned in the story.
-Describe how this book is like other books by the same author, on the same topic, or in the same genre.
-Tell your thoughts or feelings about the theme of the story.
-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 what you would change about the book if you could rewrite it.
-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.