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					                            Reading Response Format
Use the checklist below to make sure you correctly write each reading response entry with all of the

      Date of entry (left side of page)
     Title of reading (underlined in center of page)
     Page numbers completed (center of page)
     Response question (left side of page)
     Your own written response to question (left side of page)

                                      The Magic Paintbrush
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Describe the setting’s time and place. Write the clues that helped you determine the
time and place.

      The setting of the story, The Magic Paintbrush is in Chinatown in the afternoon or
evening. I know this because the story says, “The Chinatown shadows were growing
longer”. I also know that the story takes place in Chinatown because the main
character, Steve gets scared of the crowded streets in Chinatown. The story could
take place in the afternoon or evening because it says that the shadows were growing
longer. I know that shadows happen when the sun is out or setting in the early
evening. The time period is present day because the description of the houses and
apartment buildings exist today. Also, the author did not say any dates that were in the
past. Therefore, I know the story takes place in the crowded streets of Chinatown in
present day.
Choose 1 of the questions below to thoughtfullly answer in your Reading
notebook. Make sure you use your checklist in the front of your notebook to
correctly set-up your paper. You should choose a different question each week.
Remember to complete your reading response by your day of the week because
Mrs. Stolzenberg will meet with you to talk about your response.

My reading response day is ____________________________________.

Journal response 1 due __________ Journal response 2 due ______________
Journal response 3 due __________ Journal response 4 due ______________

  1. Metacognitive reader! Think about your reading. ¹Pick one quote from the text and
     write your thinking about the text you chose. ²Pick a second quote from the text and
     write your thinking about the selection you chose. This is the same thing as a double-
     entry journal. The only difference is you are writing in sentences. Remember your
     thinking can be any reading strategy.

                                      Sample Sentence starters…
        In the book, _______________________, the main character says, “……” This reminds
         me of the time I….
        The author writes, “ ….” I think…
        The main character says, “…” I predict…
        The author writers, “…” I notice that …
        In the text… I believe that … because …

  2. Genre Expert! What type of genre would you categorize your book? What story
     features support your reasoning? Give at least 2 reasons to prove or support your
     genre. Be specific in telling how your book fits the genre. Use examples from the text.
     You may also compare this book to another book in the genre and explain how this
     supports the genre you picked.

                            Sample Sentence starters…
        My book, _____________________, is an example of (genre). I know this because …. In
         this genre, (characteristic of genre) and in my book, (describe event and how it shows the
         characteristic of the genre).
        The book I am reading is _______________. One way I know this book belongs to this
         genre is because …. Another reason I know this book is ____________ is because….
3. Visualizer! Choose the visualizing option that best fits your current visualizing ability.

Visualizer I: Still Pictures
¹Draw a picture of your visualization during reading. ²Write sentences describing your
visualization and what happened in the text. ³Label the parts of your picture. Write in sentences
telling about the 3-5 main “picture words” that helped you visualize the text.

Visualizer II: At the Movies
¹Draw a sketch of the scenes you see playing in your mind during reading. You may divide your
paper into 4-6 boxes. ²After sketching your visualization, write sentences describing your
visualization. ³Then, write about the things you see happening that are not in the story – the extra
details your mind puts in to make the movie seem real. 4Write about 3-5 main “picture words” that
helped you visualize the text?

Visualizer III: Experience the Story
¹Write sentences describing your visualization. What are some of the key “picture words” that
helped you visualize the text? ²Write the key “picture words” that helped you visualize and how
they helped you to visualize. ³Then, write about your thoughts, feelings – emotional and physical
– and opinions regarding the story, problem, characters, etc. Pay attention to the details that
anchor or glue you into this world when you read. When you’re not reading, what things in the
story does your mind drift back to? What is the afterthought? 4Write about what your mind drifts
back to when you’re not reading and/or your afterthoughts?

                                     Sample Sentence starters…
      In the book, _______________________, (describe what happens). I can see… Some of
       the key picture words that help me visualize are… I can picture ______________ because
       _____________________. The author’s choice to use the word, ____________, really
       makes a picture in my head because _______________________.
      In the book, ______________________________, I visualize …. I also visualize…
        My mind added details, such as… because…
        The author used many picture words that helped me visualize. One
        word that helped visualize was … This helped me create a picture
        of… because…
      While reading the text, I feel … because… I believe that … because…
      After reading, my mind drifts back to … because… I feel that …. because…

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