Character Fear Diary: Reading Response Exercise #48:

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

Get out paper and pen or pencil. Imagine you are the main character from your reading and write a journal entry. Reflect on the following questions:

  • What are you most afraid or worried about?
  • What is making you anxious?
  • Describe the person, object, or event that bothers you.
  • Why are you worried, distressed, or afraid?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen?
  • What do you hope will occur?
  • How do your fears and worries relate to the things that have happened so far?

If you were advising the character, what would you suggest he or she do to deal with these issues.

For Pre-readers:

Enjoy reading a story together.

When done, ask your pre-reader what was the biggest problem the main character had in the story. Discuss the problem and ask the child how he or she would have dealt with it. Then consider what might have happened next if the main character had taken the child’s approach.