Rockin’ Reading Response Journals

Reading Response Journals, or “RRJs,” are a core literacy element of my third grade classroom.  My students are ALWAYS writing about their reading in meaningful ways and take so much pride in their notebooks.  I have also had great success in my past years of teaching by utilizing modified versions of RRJs in both first grade and second grade.
         My students have now been utilizing their RRJs for four weeks.  During our small group guided reading time, we alternate between completing a Reading Response “code” to match their individual guided reading books OR completing an Interactive Graphic Organizer. At the beginning of the year, I model quality responses for the code, and then gradually release each group to complete their RRJs independently.
So far, they have completed organizers for identifying main idea/details and summarizing as shown below:

 

 

 

Their RRJ “code” is a bit more in depth, and requires students to think more critically about their reading.  Below is a student example of a fiction RRJ code:

 

After students complete their codes, we meet again during guided reading for a brief “book club” discussion.  Students draw sticks to take turns sharing their writing or asking one another questions based on their reading responses:
Our third graders also study one genre per month, and store “trading cards” for each genre in the back cover of their RRJs. These cards define each genre and allow students to write three examples of books within that genre. Our genre focus for September was Realistic Fiction, and our current genre focus for October is Mystery.
To purchase the Interactive Reading Response Journal organizers shown above along with MANY more, please visit the following link:

 

Below, you will find links to customized Reading Response Journal “Codes” for first, second, third, and fourth grades:
 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Brooke Brown, You are AWESOME!!!

  2. Brooke Brown, You are AWESOME!!!

  3. Do you have more information on the response sticks? I'd love to use something like this with my second graders.

  4. Do you have more information on the response sticks? I'd love to use something like this with my second graders.

  5. Hi Elaine,
    If you click on the above link for “Second Grade Code,” you'll see exactly where I get my prompts for the sticks because they match the items on the code. I made yellow sticks for fiction and green for nonfiction. I also make 2-3 sticks per can that read “Question” (for students to ask each other questions) or “Free Share” (they can share aloud any item from their RRJ).

    After students complete their written Reading Response Code independently (see picture above), they meet with me during guided reading and take turns drawing sticks, either sharing aloud their own writing from their RRJ's or asking other group members questions about their writing. We call this our “Book Club” discussion and it only takes about 5 minutes per group, but it is 5 minutes that is very well spent. The kids love it and my former second graders did too!

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Hi Elaine,
    If you click on the above link for “Second Grade Code,” you'll see exactly where I get my prompts for the sticks because they match the items on the code. I made yellow sticks for fiction and green for nonfiction. I also make 2-3 sticks per can that read “Question” (for students to ask each other questions) or “Free Share” (they can share aloud any item from their RRJ).

    After students complete their written Reading Response Code independently (see picture above), they meet with me during guided reading and take turns drawing sticks, either sharing aloud their own writing from their RRJ's or asking other group members questions about their writing. We call this our “Book Club” discussion and it only takes about 5 minutes per group, but it is 5 minutes that is very well spent. The kids love it and my former second graders did too!

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  7. Tracy Miller,

    You are pretty AMAZING yourself, girl!
    Love ya! 😉

  8. Tracy Miller,

    You are pretty AMAZING yourself, girl!
    Love ya! 😉