Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Personal Response to the Text

Questions to Encourage a Personal Response to the Text


a. What are your first thoughts about this text? What in the text caused those thoughts?
b. What emotions or feelings did you have while reading the text? Identify the parts that caused those feelings.
c. Did anything in this text remind you of your own life?
d. Did this text remind you of any other texts? Movies? Plays? Why?
e. If you could talk to the author of this text, what would you ask about or comment on?
f. If you were going to recommend this text to someone, who would it be? What in the text would that person like?
g. What confused you or surprised you in this text?
h. As you read this text, describe how you felt. For example, were you bored, caught up, thinking about characters, thinking about how you might react if in the same situation, enjoying the author's writing style, or enjoying the humor or suspense?
i. Did you like the cover of the book? Why or why not? If not, how would you change it?
j. Did you like the title of the book? Why or why not, how would you change it?
From When Kids Can't Read What Teachers Can Do: A Guide For Teachers (Grades) 6-12, Kylene Beers, Heinemann, 2003

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