A Quick Comprehension Check: Reading Response Exercise #106

Read

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

Reflect & Write

Think about what you have read, and answer the following questions:

  • What happened in today’s reading?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Based on what you have read so far, would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?

Discuss

Share your responses with your reading partners, or share your response as a comment here on the blog. Remember to mention the title and author of your novel. That way, readers intrigued by your response can check out the book for themselves.

Happy Reading!

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Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #81: Wisdom or Kindness?

Pre-write

Some say there is no wisdom that is greater than kindness. Do you agree or disagree?

Get out a piece of paper and brainstorm ideas for both points of view. Choose one point of view to write about.

Write

Compose a one-page essay explaining your point of view. Consider incorporating not only ideas supporting your opinion, but acknowledge the opposite opinion and explain how your perspective is superior. Use strong details and examples.

Share

When you have  finished writing, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share your writing here as a comment. Compliment one another on the strengths of your arguments and the details and examples you used to support your point of view.

Apologies: No Greek and Latin Roots This Week

Hi!

I went on a writer’s retreat last weekend, started a new job this week, spent time with my parents who came up from California to visit, and attended a school function last night. Consequently, I have not had time to pull together this week’s Greek and Latin Roots lesson.

I am so sorry! I hate letting people down. Unit 1 Lesson 4 should be up next week. Thanks for your patience.

“Non-Writing Ways to Become Better Writer.”

In this troubling economy, we have all had to make difficult or unpleasant choices. The bad new is, I need to return to the workplace. The wonderful new is, I get to return to something I love—teaching!
Therefore, as I have been contemplating the need to revise my writing schedule, I found this article from Rachelle Gardner’s Books and Such Blog inspiring: “How to Become a Better Writer: *10 Non-Writing-Related Ideas.” Check it out. I think you’ll like it.

(I particularly liked idea #1.)

Which is your favorite?

Why Read Young Adult Fiction: Wonderful Words!

 

Today’s quote comes from an article written by Alyssa Rosenberg, “From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Twilight,’ The Enduring Draw of Young Adult Fiction,” that I read last spring on the Atlantic.com. Rosenberg says:

Young adult fiction offers a promise to all of us that there is no suffering that’s not worth it, no agony that goes unrewarded down the line.

Have you read any young adult fiction lately? Who are your favorite authors and what are your favorite books?

Reading Response Exercise #105: What Do You Think?

 

Read

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

Reflect

Think about what you have read.

  • What was interesting in this reading?
  • What might have been boring?
  • What do you wish the author might have included before moving on in the story?
  • Explain why you feel the way you do.

Write/Discuss

Share your responses with your reading partners, or share your response as a comment here on the blog. If commenting here, please mention the title and author of your novel. That way, readers intrigued by your response can check out the book for themselves.

Happy Reading!

Point of View-Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #80: What Would _____ say?

Pre-write 

Write a one to three paragraph description of yourself, and then list three friends.

Write

Choose one friend from your list and rewrite the description for yourself from this friend’s point of view. Keep in mind:

  • the things your friend knows about you (which can be included)
  • the things only you know about you (which can’t be included)
  • the things your friend may deduce or suspect about you but must in the end make a guess about if included in the description.

Share

When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners. Discuss how the change in viewpoint effected the writing decisions you made from the first set of paragraphs to the second. And please, share your insights here for others to read.