Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keep a Reading Journal


There are many ways to read text, but a great way to explore and enjoy what you read is to keep a journal.  By integrating reading and writing one can help process, understand and critically respond to the work.

1. Read with a pencil and paper.  Make a note of important facts and descriptions which you enjoy.

2. Keep a list of characters and events

3. Write down words you don't know and look up the words meaning in the dictionary

4. Read slowly and don't be afraid to read things twice

5. If what you read confuses you, ask the appropriate question in your journal.  Why would the character do that?  What did the author mean by this?

6.  As you read constantly ask Who, What, When, Where, Why.

7.  When finished summarize the work and critique it.  What did you like?  What didn't you like?

8.  Don't be afraid to share your journal with others, see if your friends had different thoughts about the text than you.