Reading Response Journals (RRJs) are an informal space for you to
explore the readings as well as your own reading process. The first
step to writing an RRJ is to read carefully, taking notes on the text
as you go. RRJs should include the following:
1. A brief summary of the chapters (5-8 sentences) including
major events, characters, and important information about
setting (place and time).
2. Your response to the reading (5-8 sentences) including your
opinions about and reaction to the assigned chapters.   This
section is a place to think deeply about the book and the
emotions and complex ideas it brings up for you.
3. 2 discussion questions. These should be open‐ended questions
that could lead to an interesting conversation, not fact‐based
yes or no questions.
4. An explanation of your reading process.  How did this week’s
reading go for you? Discuss specific sections that made you
confused or questions that you have about the text. Point out
strategies that helped you overcome challenges in your
reading.   Respond to the following prompts to develop your
ideas:
 This reading went well for me because ______
 The most challenging thing or parts were __________ because
_________
 The strategies I used to figure things out included __________
 I remembered that earlier in the book __________
 This part of the text made me think of  _________ from my
other class or other text/reading.
5. 3‐5 “significant words” from this particular reading—words
that you feel are important or give meaning to the chapter, or
that you have decided to learn to develop your academic
vocabulary explain the significance of these words to you or
the text.
You will receive complete credit on every RRJ (20 points) by
thoughtfully completing the 5 sections as described above, looking at
the rubric to check completeness, and by turning your RRJ in on
time. The RRJs are a space for you to think through the readings
without having to worry too much about grammar, organization, and the
other requirements of more formal writing assignments. However, do
follow basic rules such as capitalizing I and using appropriate
language.

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