The Write to Read

Response Journals That Increase Comprehension

Lesley J. Roessing,

The Write to Read: Response Journals That Increase Comprehension
 
 

Use reader response strategies to achieve Common Core goals in reading and in writing!

Response journals—brief, personal writing in response to reading—can significantly improve reading comprehension. What′s more, when scaffolded over the year, reader response strategies promote engagement, build understanding of complex literary and informational text, and even help students provide supporting evidence in their writing—all goals of the Common Core. For educators eager to use reader response strategies, veteran teacher Lesley Roessing presents a unique, step-by-step approach that inspires thoughtful reading and skillful writing in Grades 5–12.

Based on research and her own classroom experience, Roessing′s innovative writing exercises encourage students to read more deeply, develop questions, and participate actively in class. Beginning with simple response tasks and moving toward more complex assignments, the book provides a scaffolded curriculum for the full academic year. Developed for language arts and content area teachers, as well as literacy specialists, this resource includes:

  • Examples of response journals for a wide range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and students′ personal reading
  • Strategies for using reader response to guide classroom discussions, group work, book clubs, and journal writing at home
  • Adaptations for students with diverse abilities
  • Numerous classroom-ready templates and samples of student work

Discover a well-structured writing curriculum that promotes confident learning and the joy of reading.



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