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Old 06-15-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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I've searched for and read many wonderful posts on Reading Response Journals and I know I want to implement them next year. I'm also slugging through the chapter on them in Fountas and Pinnell (very textbookish, but good information)

A couple of questions:

How do you set yours up? Do you do it all in one day or do you spread it out?

How do you grade them, or do you?

What are some of those first-year pitfalls I should look out for?

I'll be teaching fifth grade, but any input from someone using them would be helpful!


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Check out Bookworm's post on this thread.

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=334740

I'm definitely implementing some of these ideas this fall.
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http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=336897

The above thread is from the 5th grade board concerning basically the same question. I share the basics of how I use the notebooks in my room on it.

As a quick preview...

Set up...I'm self-contained, so I check all the notebooks each week. However, I only check around 5 or 6 of them each day. Students are grouped so they always turn their notebooks in on the same day.

Grading...I use a rubric. The hardest part is finding one that works best for you.

First year pitfalls...the grading can get overwhelming if you don't keep up with it. If you know you're going to have a week that will be a little hectic with projects to grade or activities that will take a lot of time, etc., you may want to skip the whole letter response to the kids and just make a couple of short comments on the page. You can also decide to have the students read others' notebooks and write some comments about what was written from time to time. You will, of course, have to model how to appropriately comment though. Occasionally, you can also ask volunteers from the building to respond to a group of them for you. This could be the principal, counselor, and aide, etc.

You will need to model, model, and probably model again examples and non-examples until they are set on your expectations. The better prepared they are to respond to what they've read AND the questions you ask, the easier your response letters will be to write. Don't have them even attempt their first letters until you have this in place. Trust me, it will save you from a lot of frustration.

I learned soooooo much about my kids' thinking and about them as writers using these notebooks. They also are great tools to use in parent conferences.
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A question for you- what is the purpose of having them write a letter? Is it the idea of creating a dialogue? do students get wrapped around the format, or does that work itself out pretty quickly?
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trishg1--I do believe it is the best way for the responses to seem like a conversation. The point is to get them to feel like they're talking about what they're reading. Since in-person conversations are easier to take a little "deeper", the letters are trying to get them to relate to you as if you are having an in-person one on one discussion.

I don't know what you mean when you say getting wrapped around the format. That's not sarcasm; I really don't know.

If you mean do they have trouble with using the correct format, a few, even in fifth grade, will still leave things out . That drives me crazy. They've been using the friendly letter format for years, so why would they still forget the date or to put a comma after their greeting?

Even though RW suggests the letters, the good thing is that you really don't have to do that every time. I've had my kids respond to what they read through poetry before. A little change is good for them, and us, but my students didn't really mind the letter format.


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Old 06-17-2011, 05:03 AM
 
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If you are really interested in this concept, you should get The Book Whisperer. She states in the book she based her Reader's Notebook on the F&P concept. Her book is much easier to read!!

trishg1 - thanks for reposting the thread

Here is what I use in my Reader's Notebook. I created everything except the Response Starters, and I'm sorry, can't remember who I borrowed it from, someone on PT!!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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I model what I want from them with a picture book read aloud.

Then I read a second story and we write the reading response together.

Then they try one independently.

However, I teach third grade. Fifth may be able to do the work independently at a faster pace.

I use graphic organizers at first. Students paste them into their reading response journals. They look back at these for examples. Then later we move into writing our own responses without the help of a graphic organizer.

At first I grade them for completion. If I feel they are not quality I work with each child one on one to add more detail and elaboration, so it is better the next time and a more developed response. After we have practiced a particular response several times then I grade it for content rather than completion.

Hope I said something helpful.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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Bookworm, haha I was looking throught the file you posted and the last 2 pages are the ones I created which are posted on my website and somehow circulated on here love it!
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I checked out the minilessons on your site. I teach 5th, but these fit right in with what we cover in our RW. I like how you have them all together and have written them out very thoroughly. That's very helpful. Thanks for sharing your site. When I get more time, I'll have to see what else I may want to use.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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What kind of graphic organizers do you use for your reader's response?

You have so many great ideas!
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Shemesh, thanks for not being upset!! I honestly could not remember who I borrowed the list from I love sharing on PT!!
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Making Connections
Old 06-18-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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I usually start with text to self connections.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Then I move to text to text connections. However, there really is no correct or incorrect order to do these in.
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Here is the text to world connections.
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Character Map
Old 06-18-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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This one is for a girl.
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This one is for a boy. We write about physical characteristics and personality characteristics. We try to site evidence from the text that shows the personality characteristics.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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This is not my creation. Someone shared it earlier on PT and I am just passing it on to the rest of you.
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We work toward a book review
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Again, this is not my creation. It is from someone else here on PT.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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Here is one graphic organizer I like for summary purposes.
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Another for summary
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Not who shared these first, but they are great graphic organizers.
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This one is cute. I wish I could print it in color for my students.
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Remembered another one I like to use.
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I am always happy to share and love that others find my stuff useful!
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I'm so glad I came across this thread!

Shemesh - thanks for sharing your site. I bookmarked it so I can go back and really explore it!! I can't wait!

1956BD - thanks for posting all those ideas!! I saved quite a few to use next year!!
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You are super 1956BD!!!!
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These are wonderful ideas! I am moving to third (from second) and would love to implement some of the things I have read on this thread!
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I just listened to a couple of your educational songs. They are great! Where are they from?
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haha my kids LOVE them!!!

I actually downloaded them off a website and paid for them. They came with worksheets too.
I posted them online for my kids because they asked me too.
If you pm me with your email address I can forward them.
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Were are the songs on your website? I'd like to listen to them.
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Thanks for sharing!
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37 kids.. Is it possible?
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So can I do these with almost 40 kids. I'm slated to have around 37 kids next year???

I did see someone say something about turning them in on different days though.
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I bookmarked it so I could revisit often.
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These are all awesome! Thank you for sharing!!
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Thanks for the great resources! I have many different websites bookmarked, all with phenomenal ideas. Here is one that gives quite a bit of info/printables for reading binders, journals, etc. I think this teacher may be middle school, but easily adaptable for lower grades!

http://www.smoran.ednet.ns.ca/Reader..._structure.htm
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great resources! Thanks to each of you that shared with those of us that are either new to fifth grade or simply do not have these resources. I cannot wait to begin to put these pieces in action. Again, thanks to each of you and your willingness to share.
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for sharing these resources.
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Shemesh...

I love your website. Mini lessons are great and music raps my class will love. Do you mind if I link to your songs/lyrics?

You Rock!

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Go for it Teri!

Glad you found it useful! I would appreciate if you wrot something nice in the Guestbook
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Thanks again.

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Lots of great resources listed here!

Just wondering - do many of you get the kids to write up their own graphic organisers rather than copying and handing them out? I try to avoid photocopying as much as possible...
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I created the book review years ago.... I compiled it from bits and pieces of stuff I gathered over time.
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