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The Write to Read

The Write to Read
Response Journals That Increase Comprehension

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Foreword by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

October 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin
In this practical handbook, Lesley J. Roessing presents a unique step-by-step model of response journaling which demonstrates how teachers can plan and implement response journaling using concepts that can be applied to all content areas.The Write to Read: Reading Journals That Increase Comprehension teaches students in Grades 5û12 how to respond to reading material in a variety of ways, encourages students to read self-selected books, and helps them develop skills for deeper and more meaningful responses. The book contains a combination of theory, practice, practical advice, anecdotes, and teacher models, along with samples of student work. Readers will also find an array of tools for adapting the program to learnersÆ needs and interests and for evaluating student progress.
List of Figures
List of Photographs
About the Author
1. The Three Rs: Rationale for Reader Response
Part I Before-Reading Response
2. The Pre-Reading Response
How to Choose a Book  
The Anticipation Response  
PART II During-Reading Response
3. Journaling: Setup for Success
Reading Experiences in My Classroom  
The Reading Journal  
Teaching During-Reading Response  
Avoiding Retelling: Response Starters  
Independent Reading Response  
Abandonment Response  
4. Double-Entry Journaling and Sticky Notes
Double-Entry Journaling  
Strategy Response  
Putting It All Together  
Going Deeper: Using Sticky Notes  
5. Poetic Response
Found Poetry  
Narrative Poetry  
Poems in Two Voices  
I Am...Poetry  
The Advantages of Poetry  
6. Interactive Response
Note Passing  
Family Letters  
Letters to Friends  
Co-Reading Letters  
Talking About Texts  
Collaborative Response  
7. Literature Circles and Book Clubs: Discussion Response
Literature Circles as Training  
Book Clubs  
Book Club Response  
8. Individual Reading: Relinquishing Control and Giving Choice
Reading Like a Writer: Writer's Craft Responses  
Choice Reading - Choice Response  
Multigenre Response  
Drawing as Response  
Reaching the Goal: Unique, Varied, Personal, Individual Response  
A Sample Journal for One Novel  
The Case of Julio, ELL Student  
Part III After-Reading Response
9. Post-Reading Response
Text Reformulations  
The Post-Reading Evaluative Responses  
Book Reviews and Book Talks  
Book Reviews  
Book Talks  
Literary Critiques  
Part IV Content Area Response Adaptations
10. Responding Across the Curriculum
Nonfiction Texts  
Text Features  
Marginal Notes  
Electronic Media - Web Site Response  
Content Area Reading  
Pre-Reading Response  
During-Reading Response  
Double-Entry Journals  
Poetic Response  
Note Passing  
After-Reading Response  
The Rationale  
Part V Response Evaluation
11. Teacher and Student Evaluation
Formative Assessments  
Assessment of Independent Reading  
The Assessment Process  
Evaluative Assessments: Grading  
Assessment of Shared Reading  
"What's in It for Me?" Student Metacognition and Musings  
First Marking Period Self-Analysis  
After a Semester of Response  
End-of-Year Reflection  
12. Coming to a Conclusion
Resource A: Literary References
Resource B: Forms and Examples
1. Independent Reading Requirements (Chapter 3)  
2. Daily Reading Log (Chapter 3)  
3. Literature Response Starters (Chapter 3)  
4. Reading Interests/Books Pass Charts (Chapter 3)  
5. Double-Entry Journal - Questioning (Chapter 4)  
6. Question-Answer Chart (Chapter 4)  
7. Strategies Used by Successful Readers (Chapter 4)  
8. Double-Entry Journal - Making Connections (Chapter 4)  
9. Double-Entry Journal - Literary Elements (Chapter 4)  
10. Double-Entry Journal - Identifying Strategies Used (Chapter 4)  
11. Sticky-Note Response Journal (Chapter 4)  
12. Sticky-Note Question-Anwer-Response Journal (Chapter 4)  
13. Book Club Meeting Agenda (Chapter 7)  
14. Book Club Double-Entry Response Journal (Chapter 7)  
15. Reading Strategies - Author's Craft Journal (Chapter 8)  
16. Author's Craft Response Journal (Chapter 8)  
17. News Article Formats (Chapter 9)  
18. Content Area Double-Entry Response Journal (Chapter 10)  

"A transactional approach to understanding literature will come alive for intermediate and middle school teachers and students who avail themselves of Roessing's advice and examples in this book. What a practical resource for teachers! Facilitating a balanced reading and writing program is at the heart of The Write to Read."

Annemarie Jay, Assistant Professor, Widener University
Author, A Guide to Literacy Coaching

"This is such an easy answer: a curriculum that builds to strong reader response. This is a gem."

Dolores Hennessy, Reading Specialist
New Milford Public Schools, CT

"A comprehensive, well-reasoned text devoted to reader response at middle elementary and secondary levels. Such authenticity is appealing to the field."

Barbara A. Marinak, Assistant Professor
Penn State Harrisburg

"The major strengths of the book are the explicit instructions for set-up, multiple examples of student responses, examples of varieties of texts used for modeling, and materials for teacher use in appendices."

Dixie D. Massey, Senior Lecturer
University of Washington

"The author provides very engaging and helpful examples throughout the book. One can really 'see' how these ideas work."

Lettie K. Albright, Associate Professor of Literacy
Texas Woman's University

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ISBN: 9781412974264