A simple, magical way to bring out the reader in every student!
A bit time-consuming. (But the time passes so quickly because you're having so much fun!)
Here's how I use a reading response journal:
For home"work", we read. Then, we record our responses in our notebooks. The children desigate one side as theirs and the other as mine. The students are given many suggestions as to how they may respond to literature. They are also encouraged to respond in their own way. Simply, use whatever moves you!
I bring the notebooks home on Friday. I read their page, and happily respond on mine.
My responses are all over the place. Some are brief. For example, I may jot down one word, one punctuation mark or one sketch of a happy/sad/confused face. Some other of my responses are elaborate. Many of my youngster's entries have inspired me to fill 'my page' with all sorts of writing. (A poem about a student, a letter to a supportive family, an acknowledgement of a caretaker's positive influence, etc..)
And then today, these journals became even more magical to me. One of my students told me that her mnther was so proud of her journal.Her mom took a picture of it and posted it on her Facebook page!!! Wow! My heart! After I basked in the glow of the moment, I was hopeful. Maybe something good could from Facebook!