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Reader's Response Guidelines
Guidelines for your Reader’s Response Entries
What is a Reader’s Response: In a Reader’s Response the writer explores and discusses their feelings and reactions to the novel they’re reading.
What it isn’t: An entry is NOT a summary of the chapter or book. You may provide a little background, but the majority of the entry will be your reaction to what you are reading!
· You need to think carefully about what you are writing.
· Write neatly and remember, if you can’t read your entry, neither can I.
· Write in complete sentences using correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling to the best of your ability.
· Reread your entry and correct any errors or omissions.
Specific Genre Expectations:
Novels: You are in charge of how many entries you write per novel. Some determining factors: length of the novel, your interest in the novel, the complexity of the novel, etc. Refer to your guidelines and idea resources in your RR notebook for ideas.
Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs: At least one full-page entry per book. Why was this person important in history? What surprised you about this person? What did you learn about this person? Are there experiences you can relate to about this person or his or her life?
Informational Books: One entry per book that is at least half a page in length. Include a very brief summary of the book, then think about new concepts learned, new vocabulary, some insight you gained, some questions you have, etc.
Poetry Anthologies: Write a general summary of the book. For example: are the poems serious, funny, weird, sad, political, etc? Other ideas: Write about two poems that you loved, give a brief summary of the poem, and why you liked them; compare and contrast poems from the same book or different books; if one poem really moved you write an entire entry on that poem.
Traditional Literature: Explain if the story was a folktale, a legend, a myth, or fable. Include a very brief summary of the story, your opinion and