ENG I Honors Name:______________________________________________ Hall/Davis Date:_______________________________________________ Reader Response Journal Entries A reader response journal entry is a writing assignment in which you are going to respond directly to a reading that was assigned. In this journal, you are to respond to the reading that goes further than mere plot summary. For example, you may want to explain a similar experience you had to a character in the story, you may want to judge an action by a character of the story, you may want to address an idea or theme that is expressed in the story, etc. When writing your journal entries, you must have three direct references or quotes from the text and the page number on which the item you are talking about is found. The idea of the reader response journal is threefold: 1) it is to prove you have read the text; 2) it is to help make the text more meaningful to you; 3) to be a catalyst for discussion during class. With this in mind, it is essential that you do every entry to help your understanding of the text and to make sure the discussions in class are better because of your participation. In regards to the length of the response, it would be difficult to fulfill all requirements in less than a page. Ideas and Suggestions for Entries: 1) Write about a character you find appealing and explain why they are appealing to you. 2) Write about a situation in the story that interests you and explain why it is interesting or attempt to relate it to something that happened in your life. 3) Compare a situation in the reading to something you have read, seen on television, experienced in real life, etc. 4) Write about an idea that you found interesting in the story. For example, if a character believes that killing is a good thing, explain the character’s belief and explain why you find it interesting. Overall Goals of the Writing: 1) Connect – make some connection between the text and your life, the world, etc. 2) Evaluate – judge, compare, consider, judge, recommend, apprise, assess, etc. the text 3) Question – ask a question about something that doesn’t make sense or even ask a rhetorical question 4) Clarify – clarify an idea in the text by explaining it in further detail 5) Predict – based on evidence in the reading, attempt to guess what is going to happen in the future Example: The Odyssey (Note: This is not a complete entry. Two more direct references would be needed) In this chapter, Odysseus claims that he loves his wife and misses her greatly, but in reality, his actions seem to contradict this point of view. While he is staying with Calypso, he sleeps with her every night for seven years. To me, that is not something that a truly faithful person would do no matter what the situation. He was weeping that he wanted to home, but seemed to be only after he “cared for her no longer” (64). This suggests that he at one point he did care for her, which is something that a loyal husband would not do. Furthermore, when Calypso is finally forced to let Odysseus go, Odysseus still sleeps with her the last night he is with her (66). Maybe he had some justification before because the goddess was he only means of survival, but when he was going to be let go, there was no moral reason for him to sleep with her again. ENG I Honors Name:______________________________________________ Hall/Davis Date:_______________________________________________ Rubric: 3 or Below 3.5 4 4.5 5 Content Expresses no Expresses few of Expresses some of Clearly expresses Thoroughly and aspects of the the main aspects of the main aspects of most of the main clearly expresses all reading (characters, the reading the reading aspects of the the main aspects of plot, themes, etc.). 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