"Reader Response Sheet - DOC"
Paste this into the front cover of your Reader’s Journal. Reader Response Sheet All of the writing from this sheet should be done in your Reader Response Journal. Daily Reader Responses (Work front-to-back. You should use the backs of pages. Remember, you should summarize what you read in 3 sentences or less, AND pick one item from this list to answer in at least 4 sentences.) 1) An opinion I have about what I just read is…? 2) One thing that still confuses me is…because… 3) Today’s reading made me think about… 4) Aha! I just figured out that…(this can be about the plot or about a connection you figured out between the book and your life, or an insight about the world that became clear) 5) At first, I thought…but then I realized that… 6) A character I find interesting is…because… 7) I think the theme of the story is…because I think the author wants readers to learn that… 8) The character I’d most/least like to meet is…because… 9) The setting (time/place/circumstances) of the story is…and I know this because… 10) I can’t wait to find out… Paste this into the back cover and back page of your Reader’s Journal. Reader Response Sheet All of the writing from this sheet should be done in your Reader Response Journal. Weekly Reader Responses (Work back-to-front. You should use the backs of pages. One page minimum about that week’s reading. Pick one and do not re-use that item until you’ve used each item on the list once. You do not need to use all 18 for each book you read, because hopefully each book will not take you 18 weeks to read! Write the number of the response next to the title of the entry.) 1) Compare yourself to the main character in the work. Point out your similarities and try to account for differences between you and her/him. What is your reaction to this character? Why? 2) Compare a character from this work with a character from another novel, short story, or play you have studied. What are their similarities? Differences? Explain your reaction to each character. Why do you feel this way? 3) Compare an event in your work with a situation in your own life. Similarities? Differences? Reasons for similarities or differences? Your reaction to this? 4) Express your disagreement with one character’s actions, values, behavior, etc. What is happening? What do you see wrong with it? Why? Why do you think the character is thinking or acting this way? What would you suggest as a better response/behavior/value? 5) Select what you consider the most important episode in the section of the work you have just finished. Explain (briefly) what happens, why you think it is important to the section, your reaction to the episode, and why you react this way. 6) What advice would you give a character at this point in the book? Why do you think it’s good advice? Do you think the character would accept your advice? Why or why not? 7) Pick the character with whom you can identify LEAST. Think about and write either a journal entry or a letter about events in the book from that character’s point of view. Discuss to what extent this exercise alters YOUR opinion of that character. 8) In an early entry, try to predict later events, outcomes, character changes, and conflicts based on close reading of the early section. Explain clearly the basis of each prediction. 9) What effect does the setting (time/place/circumstances) have on the characters’ thoughts, actions, choices? What would be your reaction to having to adapt to that environment? Could the plot take place in a different setting, or not? Explain. 10) What do you think about sub-plots and/or minor characters? You don’t always have to concentrate on the major characters or major events. What do you think a minor character thinks about what is going on? What might be going on in that character’s life when he/she is “away” from the main action on the page? 11) What about style? How is “how it’s written” influencing your response to the content? Consider use of symbols, structure, diction, word choice, or point of view. Do you like the way the author uses these items? Why or why not? Would your interpretation of the text change if the symbols, structure, diction, word choice, or point of view were different? 12) What were your expectations of the work when you chose it? Is the work living up to them? Why or why not? Be specific. 13) Discuss a significant change in the personality of a character. Account for it, react to it, and tell whether or not you expected it. 14) Pick three to five symbols you would associate with a particular character. Explain the appropriateness of each one with a very brief reference to the section of the novel. 15) Has the novel been a best seller, is it considered a “classic” or a fine contemporary piece of writing? Account for its reputation. Is the reputation deserved? 16) Copy a passage from the book (at least one sentence long) that you think is important to the theme or main idea of the book as a whole. Explain its significance in the work, and how that idea or theme can apply in your life or the life of someone you know. 17) To which particular person would you recommend this work? You may choose not to name the person but you must explain the qualities in him/her and the qualities in the novel which would prompt you to make the recommendation. 18) Was the ending satisfactory? Talk about the overall meaning of the work and how well the ending fits into what the work is trying to say or accomplish.