Students will be reading from a selection of novels for the remainder of the term. To demonstrate their reading comprehension, they will create a journal, and contribute to it on a regular basis.
The journal will be in its own duotang, which will be left in the classroom.
Each entry should consist of two parts.
- A quote from the story- something that you found especially meaningful which captures a particular theme or something revealing about a character.
- Your own thoughts and reflections on that quote. These must demonstrate one of the following skills:
- Reflecting that extends thinking and comprehension.
- Examining text in social, historical and cultural context.
- Making personal connections.
Divide each page of your journal in half, place the quote on one side of your page, and your response to it on the other. (See samples)
As you read, insert post-it notes or bookmarks onto important passages so that these may be saved for later either as discussion items during novel conferences, or for your journal entries.
Students should write a minimum of at least two journal entries per week, and be prepared with a third passage to share for novel circle discussions.
Your journals will be collected weekly or bi-weekly and marked according to the criteria outlined in class.