Nonfiction Journal Prompts Directions: Read your chosen book, and write a response. Begin each response with the book title, the entry number from below, the pages you have read so far, and the date of your journal entry. Example: The Diary of Anne Frank, entry #4, pages 1-44, August 21, 2007 You must complete the following six log entries for the novel. Before you read the book . . . 1. Why did you choose this book and what do you want to learn from your reading? What previous knowledge do you have on this topic? While reading the book . . . 2. Decide on a theme that surrounds the book. Describe how it is represented in the book or the person’s life. Give at least 3 specific examples from the novel that support the theme. 3. Describe the setting of this book. (Time and place should be included.) Be sure to explain how you know the setting using specific examples from the novel. 4. Using a Venn Diagram, compare a time period or person from your book to the current time period or your life. In each section of the Venn Diagram, you must include 3 traits (adjectives) and a specific example in support. Examples from the book should be accompanied by a page number. After reading the book… 5. Write one paragraph detailing what information you learned from reading this book. No opinions should be included. 6. Write one paragraph summarizing your reactions to what you have read. How do you feel about the events that occurred and people in this book? You must pick four of the following choices for your remaining log entries. 7. How can you apply the information from the book to your life? 8. What information do you question or think might be incorrect? How might you investigate this? 9. What techniques does the author use to make this information easy to understand? 10. What other topics might you read about that would be related to your book? Where might you find information on the new topics? 11. How would you feel if you lived as this person or during this time period? 12. Copy down an excerpt/passage from the novel, explain what it means, determine its importance and why the author included it. 13. Discuss one major conflict that is occurring during the book. Discuss how the problem was solved, or if it was not resolved, then explain the outcome. 14. Is there anything in the book that you were disappointed that you did not learn? What do you wish was included in the book pertaining to the topic, and why? 15. Pretend you are writing an article about the release of this book. Highlight the positive aspects of the book and the negative aspects of the book. Would you recommend it to the readers of your newspaper, and why or why not?
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