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Readers Response

Reading and writing are two interdependent and highly valuable skills to develop as you advance as a student and a critical thinker. During our Independent reading time, you will have the opportunity to blend the two with Reading Journals, an on-going connection between the content of your book and your thoughts, analysis, critique, etc.
1. Bring your book to school every day. There will be scheduled and unscheduled times to read independently. Take your book home each night and continue working towards your goals. Remember, in order to fulfill the minimum

requirements for your grade level, you must read at least 50 pages a week, even after youve reached your goal.
2. Complete the following every Friday during class. If you are absent on a Friday, you must complete the work over the weekend. 3. Write the MLA citation of the book you are reading. (Modern Language Association.) Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.

Please note that if a citation cannot fit on one line, indent when starting to write on the second line.
4. List the page numbers you read for the week. 5. Find three (3) words from the pages you read that week that are new to your speaking or writing vocabulary. With those three words: 1) copy the sentence in which

Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.

you found the word and underline or highlight the word; 2) based on context clues, infer what you believe the meaning to be; 3) look in the dictionary and copy the actual definition; 4) give yourself a pat on the back if you were close.
6. Summarize the key events that happenedthe ones that helped move the plot forward.

7. Choose one of the reflections below and respond to it, based on your reading for the week. Your answers should be in complete sentences. Each reflection topic may be used once for each book.

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a. What impact does the setting have in the section you read? b. Critique how the mood or tone impacts the selection read this week. c. Compare and/or contrast two of the characters in the story (ie. How are they similar and how are they different?) d. Evaluate a decision a character has made. How do you believe that decision will impact the story? e. Identify the theme in the book and explain which details support the theme. f. Analyze how the main conflict is being developed and/or discuss how you would have developed the conflict differently. g. Find a literary device and explain its importance and/or impact in a section you read. hyperbole metaphor personification simile allusion imagery symbol irony
Include MLA citation for EACH entry

Sample Response 08/09/12 Spinelli, Jerry. Knots in My Yo-yo String. New York: Scholastic, 1998, pp. 27-34.

Include three vocabulary words each entry.


1. Then the alley became a sour steaming stream from the drippings of the wagons sopping cargo. (p 29) Inferred meaning: wet. Actual meaning: drenched or soaked.
Include a summary of what you read.

Jerry wanted to play shortstop, but became unhappy when his coach made him play a different position and it changed how he approached life. His coach was mad because he blew a play and he never forgot it.

When I read about Spinellis Little League experience and wanting to play shortstop, I could identify with how he felt. I used to play softball and played the same position most games, so I felt confident. I wonder why parents and coaches get so serious about sports with young kids. Everyone likes to be a champion, but as Jerry says, a trophy earned by just playing doesnt teach the value of playing hard and learning the game. The sandlot was the setting for learning about life as well as baseball. I was reminded of The Sandlot Kids and my experiences as I read about the taped balls and the sharing of uniforms and equipment. This chapter make me think that memories are sometimes sweeter that the actual events. I wonder if everyone feels that way later in life.
*Please note that if neatness or spelling becomes an issue, additional work will be assigned to make students more conscious of checking their work

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