Reader’s Notebook Everything you need to know in order to set up your Reader’s Notebook
Purpose of Reader’s Notebook The purpose of a Reader’s Notebook is to engagewith the text through serious study. The purpose of a Reader’s Notebook is to engage with the text through serious study. –Develop reading skills by being aware of how we are reading and what we are reading. –Keep track of the ideas, connections, and questions that come to mind so we can think more about them later and/or share them with others.
Guidelines for Reader’s Notebook If you are keeping your Reader’s Notebook in your journal, make sure that each entry is written on a new page. Complete at least ONE page of response for each act –Part one: Write a concise summary of the act. Keep your summary under 10 sentences. –Part two: Reflect on the reading. This can include: reaction to events, drawings about what you are reading (w/ explanation), collected pictures, observations about characters, connections to current events
Notebook Entries Below is an example of how your heading should look like for each entry: The Crucible Act ____Date Reader’s NotebookPgs.
Entries in your “Notebook” As you read, have your reader’s notebook next to you as you write your personal response in them. State your feelings, thoughts, reactions, and questions about situations, ideas, actions, characters, settings, symbols, plot, theme, and any other elements of the book. Be honest. Write about what you like or dislike, what seems confusing or unusual to you. Make predictions about what might happen later. Relate your personal experiences which connect with the plot, characters, or setting. Refrain from summarizing the plot in Part 2, although sometimes it may be unavoidable to include a summary to support your thought and get your point across.
Response Page Ideas Make a Prediction (Remember to include details that support your prediction) I predict that… I wonder… I think that… I wonder why… I wonder how… Since this happened __________, then I think the next thing that is going to happen is … Reading this part makes me think that this __________ is about to happen… I wonder if…
Ask a question Why did… What’s this part about… How is this ________ like this _____... What would happen if… Why… I really don’t understand the part where… What does this mean… How did this section of my book make me feel?
Make a Comment This is good because… This is difficult because… This is confusing because… I like the part where… I dislike the part where… I don’t like this part because… My favorite part so far is… I think that… I think this setting is important because… This part is very realistic/unrealistic because… I think the relationship between ______ and ______ is interesting because… I like/dislike (name the character) because… The character I most admire is _______ because… If I were (name of character) at this point, I would… I wish _______ would have happened because…. I wish the author had included… My opinion of (name the character) is… I noticed while reading that I … I love the way… I can’t believe… If I were… I like the way the author… I felt sad… I was so happy… This story teaches…
Make a Connection This reminds me of… This part is like… This character _______ is like _______ because… This is similar to… The differences are… I also… I never… This event made me think… This character makes me think of… This setting reminds me of… This character reminds me of somebody I know because… This character reminds me of myself because… This character is like (name of character) in (title of book) because… This scene reminds me of a similar scene in (title of book) because… This part of the story makes me think about _______ because… This situation reminds me of a similar scene in (title of book) because… Did it remind me of anything that has happened in my life? Did I learn anything from it? Can I take anything from this story to improve myself?