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Independent Reading Response


Title your response: First Impression, Character Sketch, Connection, Image, Conflict, Setting, Theme, and Interest.

Include the title of your book(underlined) somewhere in your response.

Use printing, cursive or typing that is legible to all readers

First Impression:Do you like how the book began? Explain why or why not. Did you get "hooked" right away? Explain why or why not. What prediction(s) can you make about events, characters, or ideas that might be part of the rest of the book? What text evidence do you have for your prediction(s)? Use specific examples or quotations from the book to support your thinking.

Character Sketch: Choose one important character from your book. What does that character do or say in the book that reveals what kind of a person he or she is? Focus on character traits rather than physical appearance. Support your thinking with examples or quotations from the book. Do you like that character? Tell why or why not.

Connection: Explain how a passage in your book triggered either a text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world connection. Be sure to fully explain your connection so readers will understand how you made it. Also explain how this connection helped you better understand or appreciate the book.

Image: Find a passage (a few sentences or a paragraph) in your book that really enabled you to see, hear, smell, taste or feel something. Quote the passage. Copy carefully and use quotation marks. Explain how the passage fit into the book as a whole. Then tell exactly how you imagined the scene in your own mind. How did this help you better understand or appreciate your reading?

Conflict: Choose a book you have already finished. State what kind of conflict is central in your book (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Society, or Man vs. Technology). Support your choice by explaining the exact nature of the conflict as it occurs in your book. Then tell how the conflict is resolved.

Setting: Where is the setting of the novel? How does the author describe the setting? Use exact words from the book to describe the setting. Can you picture the place in your mind? Why or why not? Does the story have a particular mood? What?

Theme: What is the autor's message in this book? What is the author trying to communicate to people about life? Is the author's portrayal of life accurate?

What if I'm Reading Non-Fiction?

If you are writing about non-fiction, one of these types of entries may work for you: First Impression or Connection

If you are reading a biography, autobiography or diary, you could write a Character Sketch

Interest Entry: Explain how you chose this non-fiction subject. Is it an area of personal interest? Briefly tell what you already knew about the subject before you started reading. What interesting, surprising, or important information did you learn as you read?