Hackmeyer Summer Reading Assignment: Keep a Reading Journal for each book you read. The Reading Journals will be collected on the first day of classes—no exceptions. How to Write a Reading Journal A Reading Response Log (or journal) is one effective way to help reflect upon your reading and your own strategies in dealing with that reading. It offers an opportunity to ask questions, to wonder aloud about the literature, to record your observations, your confusions, and your ideas. You can not be wrong in your responses, so take risks and be honest. You can change your mind at any time. Write about what you like or dislike, what seems confusing or unusual, what predictions or reactions you have. DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE PLOT. Simply read and record your thoughts, reactions, and questions about situations, characters, actions, settings, symbols, plot, theme, etc. Don't revise for neatness. A useful technique is to fold your paper to form two columns, one about one-third of the paper’s width, the other about two-thirds of the paper’s width. Use the left-hand column (or the left side of your notebook) to note page references, events, characters, quotations, etc.; and the right-hand column to record your observations, reactions, and questions. The following are SUGGESTIONS ONLY. They are not questions to be answered, but possible prompts to your writing. Use them only if they apply to your reading reaction or situation, and feel free to ignore them entirely if you wish. I do not understand I noticed that I wonder about I predict A question I have is This story (event, character, phrase) makes me feel (think) This character reminds me of myself because If I were (name a character) at this point, I would The setting seems to be I think the setting is important because I really like (dislike) this (idea, person, attitude) because I think the relationship between_____and_____is interesting because This scene reminds me of Something I noticed (appreciate, don’t appreciate, wonder about) is A phrase or line I like is_____because Why does I like (hate)_____because List all the things you know about a character at this point that you did not know before. The purpose of this reading log is not to test your knowledge of the novel but to help you reflect personally and thoughtfully as you read. No right way exists. Every person will respond differently. Writing your responses will help you to clarify your thoughts and to observe your reading strategies. I will evaluate your journal and count it as your first grade of the year. This evaluation may be as informal as just checking that you have done them, or it may be as formal as collecting them and pouring over them exhaustively. In any event, you will definitely use your log in class discussions and essay assignments. Have a great, safe summer!