What Would You Do? Reading Response Exercise #97

Read

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

Reflect

Think about what you have read.

  • How would you feel if you were in the main character’s situation?
  • How would you react?
  • What would you do?

Write

Write either:

  • a journal entry from the main character’s point of view (if you are the journaling sort)
  • or a dialogue between the main character and his or her best friend.

Share

Read and discuss your responses with your reading partners, or post your responses here on the blog. Remember to share the title and author of the book you are reading, so others can be inspired to give it a try.

Preschool Literacy

Read

Enjoy a picture book with your preschooler.

Stop at some point after the plot problem has developed and before it has been solved.

Discuss

Ask your preschooler what he or she might do in the main character’s situation. Discuss what might be the outcome of the story is its main character chooses this solution.

When done discussing options, read the rest of the story. After its close, discuss how the author chose to resolve the story and how different or similar the author’s approach was from you and your child’s.

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Reading Response Exercise #41: Can You Relate? Extend and Connect with Your Reading

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes. When you are done, think about what you have read. How does your personal history help you to understand this story? How do past experiences and emotions help you relate to the characters and their situations?

Write or discuss your response.

Reading Response Exercise #28: Extend and Connect–Why’d You Choose that Book?

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

Now consider the following questions:

  • Why did you select the book you are reading?
  • What do you expect out of the story?
  • Are your expectations being met?
  • Is the story even better than you expected or somewhat disappointing?
  • Why?

Write down or discuss your response.

For Pre-readers: Let your pre-reader select the story-time book. Ask her why she chose the book she did and what she expects the story to be about.

When you are done reading, discuss how he liked the story. Ask him if anything surprised or disappointed him? Ask why?

Reading Response Exercise #26: Comprehension: Setting and Plot

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

What would it be like if you were to experience what the main character is experiencing in your reading? What would have to change about the way your life is now for this to be possible? How would these events impact the way you think and behave?

Write or discuss your response. Question the responses of your reading partner. Challenge yourself to dig deeper into what you think and believe and how it relates to the text.

For Pre-readers:

Reading Response Exercise: #17 Extend and Connect with your Text

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

Fill in the blanks in the following sentence: As I read, I started to think about _________ when __________ (whatever was happening in your reading).

Then explain what it was about what you read that made you think about whatever it was you filled in your first blank. How does the thinking prompted by the text relate to or detract from what you have read?

Write or talk about your response.

For preschoolers, discuss with the child what the reading you shared made him or her think about.

Reading Response #12: Connecting with Characters

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

When you are done, think about what you have read.

Select one character from your reading. What are three things this character would be grateful for if someone were to ask him or her at this point in your reading?

Of the three things your character would be grateful for, is there one that is similar to something you are grateful for in your own life? What is it? How is the thing you are grateful for similar or different from what the character would be grateful for?

Write down or discuss your responses.

Reading Response #8: Extend and Connect with your Reading

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

When you are done, think about what you have read.

Does the experience of a character remind you of any experience you have had? If so, what was it? How was your experience similar to the character’s? How was it different? Based on your own experience, do you think the character responded well or poorly to his or her situation?

If none of the character’s experiences remind you of anything you’ve experienced, why do you think that might be? What is it about the character’s experiences that make them so extreme?

Write down or discuss your responses.