Reader Response Journals
(Keep in the Reader Response Journal section of your notebook!)
You will be keeping a journal as we delve into the literature of each unit. The
purpose of the journal is to get you to think more deeply about the literature
you read before you come to class to discuss it. We will often use your
journals as a way into our discussions of the literature so you should give
careful thought to what you write as you may be asked to share your journal
with the class.
What will you be writing for this ongoing project? You will be responding
to the literature you have just read.
***Put down your impressions of whatever you think is important about plot,
characters, setting, and/or imagery. I do not want a detailed plot summary. I
want to know WHAT YOU THINK, and saying what you think will involve some
summary. Your thoughts, reactions, your responses, anything that you do not
understand, anything that troubles you, any questions you may have – these
are the main things.
*** The selection may lead you to think autobiographically about yourself or
people you know. The selection may lead you to make connections with other
texts or concepts or events.
Requirements of RRJ’s:
1. Each entry must begin on the top of a new page.
2. Each entry must be dated, with the Reading Assignment given at the
top. The Journal must keep assignments in sequence.
3. At the beginning of the semester, each entry must be at least one full
page, written in full sentences. (If you write in a very large
handwriting, then the length of your entry must be longer in order to
qualify for full credit.) Write the entry immediately after you do the
reading. Anyone writing an entry in class will be given a zero for that
4. The Reading Journal must be brought to class every day.
5. The Journal must always be up to date. It can be collected without prior
6. Every missing entry receives a heavy penalty.
How will the RRJ be graded?
Every ten entries will count as a MINOR test grade. Quality and quantity both
count as does keeping your journal organized and following the requirements