Possibilities for a Reading Response Journal

Slice of Life2I am participating in #SOL20. Thanks to the twowritingteachers team for creating this space to write, grow, and share.

Reading response journals is a place for students to write, draw, and share their opinions, ideas, or respond to the text that they are reading or you have shared through read alouds or book clubs.

My List of Possibilities:


Powerful sentences

Leads that invite you to read on





Graphic organizers


Strong verbs and nouns

Unusual or favorite words


Notes from focus lessons





Character descriptions

Personal ah-has!

Books to read

Books read


Can you add some additional ideas here?

4 thoughts on “Possibilities for a Reading Response Journal

  1. Reader response is the most important way to engage w/ a text, I think. One of my favorite ways to respond to literature is w/ copy change. It doesn’t work w/ all books bug is best w/ highly stylistic writing. It forces us to understand syntax and the ways syntax informs ideas. I also like writing from poetry. Often I’m most inspired by a poem someone else has written.

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  2. I used to love reading the responses in my students reading journals. I’m going to share this wonderful list with my daughter, a middle-school reading specialist. Thanks, Lynn!

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  3. I love this list! Before the school closures, I was just starting a reading workshop unit and we were beginning to work on reading journals. Our district may roll out some form of online teaching in April, but until then, all my time is tied up in working with my 4th grade son, who hasn’t done reading journals. This will be a great list for him to experiment with!

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