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The Write to Read
Response Journals That Increase Comprehension

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July 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin
In this practical handbook, Lesley J. Roessing presents a unique step-by-step model of response journaling which demonstrates how teachers can plan and implement response journaling using concepts that can be applied to all content areas.The Write to Read: Reading Journals That Increase Comprehension teaches students in Grades 5û12 how to respond to reading material in a variety of ways, encourages students to read self-selected books, and helps them develop skills for deeper and more meaningful responses. The book contains a combination of theory, practice, practical advice, anecdotes, and teacher models, along with samples of student work. Readers will also find an array of tools for adapting the program to learnersÆ needs and interests and for evaluating student progress.
 
List of Figures
 
List of Photographs
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The Three Rs: Rationale for Reader Response
 
Part I Before-Reading Response
 
2. The Pre-Reading Response
How to Choose a Book

 
The Anticipation Response

 
Adaptations

 
 
PART II During-Reading Response
 
3. Journaling: Setup for Success
Reading Experiences in My Classroom

 
The Reading Journal

 
Teaching During-Reading Response

 
Avoiding Retelling: Response Starters

 
Independent Reading Response

 
Abandonment Response

 
Adaptations

 
 
4. Double-Entry Journaling and Sticky Notes
Double-Entry Journaling

 
Strategy Response

 
Putting It All Together

 
Going Deeper: Using Sticky Notes

 
Adaptations

 
 
5. Poetic Response
Found Poetry

 
Narrative Poetry

 
Poems in Two Voices

 
I Am...Poetry

 
The Advantages of Poetry

 
 
6. Interactive Response
Note Passing

 
Family Letters

 
Letters to Friends

 
Co-Reading Letters

 
Talking About Texts

 
Collaborative Response

 
 
7. Literature Circles and Book Clubs: Discussion Response
Literature Circles as Training

 
Book Clubs

 
Book Club Response

 
Adaptations

 
 
8. Individual Reading: Relinquishing Control and Giving Choice
Reading Like a Writer: Writer's Craft Responses

 
Choice Reading - Choice Response

 
Multigenre Response

 
Drawing as Response

 
Reaching the Goal: Unique, Varied, Personal, Individual Response

 
A Sample Journal for One Novel

 
Adaptations

 
The Case of Julio, ELL Student

 
 
Part III After-Reading Response
 
9. Post-Reading Response
Text Reformulations

 
The Post-Reading Evaluative Responses

 
Book Reviews and Book Talks

 
Book Reviews

 
Book Talks

 
Literary Critiques

 
Adaptations

 
 
Part IV Content Area Response Adaptations
 
10. Responding Across the Curriculum
Nonfiction Texts

 
Text Features

 
Marginal Notes

 
Electronic Media - Web Site Response

 
Content Area Reading

 
Pre-Reading Response

 
During-Reading Response

 
Journaling

 
Double-Entry Journals

 
Poetic Response

 
Note Passing

 
After-Reading Response

 
The Rationale

 
 
Part V Response Evaluation
 
11. Teacher and Student Evaluation
Formative Assessments

 
Assessment of Independent Reading

 
The Assessment Process

 
Evaluative Assessments: Grading

 
Assessment of Shared Reading

 
Rationale

 
"What's in It for Me?" Student Metacognition and Musings

 
First Marking Period Self-Analysis

 
After a Semester of Response

 
End-of-Year Reflection

 
 
12. Coming to a Conclusion
 
Resource A: Literary References
 
Resource B: Forms and Examples
1. Independent Reading Requirements (Chapter 3)

 
2. Daily Reading Log (Chapter 3)

 
3. Literature Response Starters (Chapter 3)

 
4. Reading Interests/Books Pass Charts (Chapter 3)

 
5. Double-Entry Journal - Questioning (Chapter 4)

 
6. Question-Answer Chart (Chapter 4)

 
7. Strategies Used by Successful Readers (Chapter 4)

 
8. Double-Entry Journal - Making Connections (Chapter 4)

 
9. Double-Entry Journal - Literary Elements (Chapter 4)

 
10. Double-Entry Journal - Identifying Strategies Used (Chapter 4)

 
11. Sticky-Note Response Journal (Chapter 4)

 
12. Sticky-Note Question-Anwer-Response Journal (Chapter 4)

 
13. Book Club Meeting Agenda (Chapter 7)

 
14. Book Club Double-Entry Response Journal (Chapter 7)

 
15. Reading Strategies - Author's Craft Journal (Chapter 8)

 
16. Author's Craft Response Journal (Chapter 8)

 
17. News Article Formats (Chapter 9)

 
18. Content Area Double-Entry Response Journal (Chapter 10)

 
 
References
 
Credits
 
Index

"A transactional approach to understanding literature will come alive for intermediate and middle school teachers and students who avail themselves of Roessing's advice and examples in this book. What a practical resource for teachers! Facilitating a balanced reading and writing program is at the heart of The Write to Read."

Annemarie Jay, Assistant Professor, Widener University
Author, A Guide to Literacy Coaching

"This is such an easy answer: a curriculum that builds to strong reader response. This is a gem."

Dolores Hennessy, Reading Specialist
New Milford Public Schools, CT

"A comprehensive, well-reasoned text devoted to reader response at middle elementary and secondary levels. Such authenticity is appealing to the field."

Barbara A. Marinak, Assistant Professor
Penn State Harrisburg

"The major strengths of the book are the explicit instructions for set-up, multiple examples of student responses, examples of varieties of texts used for modeling, and materials for teacher use in appendices."

Dixie D. Massey, Senior Lecturer
University of Washington

"The author provides very engaging and helpful examples throughout the book. One can really 'see' how these ideas work."

Lettie K. Albright, Associate Professor of Literacy
Texas Woman's University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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