Reading Response Exercise #23: Character Breadcrumbs

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes. When you are done, think about what you have read.

What has your character had to leave behind in the journey of his or her story? What real, tangible things, what relationships, what emotional experiences? Which ones were they sorry to leave? Which ones were they glad to leave behind? Why would the character feel this way?

Write or discuss your response.

For Pre-readers: While reading together, stop at an appropriate part of the story and ask what the character has to let go of in order to proceed with the story.  At the end, ask how things have changed for the main character. Discuss the child’s answers.


2 thoughts on “Reading Response Exercise #23: Character Breadcrumbs

    1. I’m glad you find the site useful. I figure when working with young children the adult to child ratio is pretty low, often simply parent or caregiver and child. Whatever the ratio, people who work with young children have the opportunity to get to know them pretty well and to consider this knowledge when selecting texts and explaining or adapting your questions to the child’s abilities and needs. It’s never too early to start thinking about what one reads or hears read. Engaging with text early in life will hopefully help young peoply find the kinds of literature they like sooner and make learning to read and reading much more meaningful and enjoyable.


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