I’ve started using reading journals with Sprite. It’s a way to encourage her independent interactions with the novels she’s reading.
I printed and laminated these bookmarks and made a simple single fold book for her Abraham Lincoln biography (shape template). It seems that the bookmarks linked there have disappeared from the web. Here is another, less colorful, option from Busy Teacher Cafe.
Here’s another one for Jericho’s Journey with a covered wagon image. She’s loving this book, by the way.
Of course, she already interacts with text but generally in discussions with me when I tend to pull things out of her. As part of moving toward more independent learning, I’d like her to do the thinking on her own and write down those thoughts.
She can also use the reading journal to make notes about the plot or about new vocabulary words which may be helpful for notebooking pages or a writing assignment. Sprite has been excited to know that she can even mark in her novels and school books to underline key ideas.
She does both narrations and reactions in her journal.
I’ve not given this reading response minioffice to Sprite yet. I hope to ease her into reading journals with the handful of focused questions on the bookmark. The minioffice has lots of options, and I don’t want to overwhelm her. This is what the inside looks like, and you can get the cut-outs here.
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