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Enhance Reading Comprehension With This FREE Reading Response Page

Leah Courtney
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There are times when I have a child reading a book that I don't really want to use a full literature unit study. We've used some great studies. Our two favorite literature unit companies are Progeny Press and Moving Beyond the Page. But, sometimes, I just want the child to read the book without the detail of a unit study.
free reading response journal page; reading comprehension
The drawback of this approach is that they will then skim the reading and not remember anything that they're reading. Many times I've asked a child about a book that they have read, only to realize that they've understood very little. To help with this, I've begun having my students keep a reading response journal. Using this journal helps them to be aware of what they're reading and to think through things that might be confusing or that they might need help understanding. Today, I'm sharing our Reading Response page with you as a free download (no subscription required.)

When you first assign a book for reading, think about how many days of reading you'll require. Are they reading two chapters a day? One? Or just parts of a chapter each day because the chapters are long? After you decide how many days it should take to read the book, print one sheet for each day. Here's how the sheet works.

Title and pages: Have the student record the title of the book and the pages he's reading for that session

Characters in this section: Record any characters- main and supporting- that are in the section he's reading

Main events in this section: Record any main plot events in this section

Words I want to know: Have the student pick out a certain number of words to record definitions of. (I use three words, but you could vary based on the age of the student and the book.)

Questions to ask: Record three comprehension questions that could come with this passage from the book. If the student doesn't know the answer to any questions, he should ask for help finding it.

Using this simple sheet can help ensure that my children are really reading- not skimming- and can increase comprehension of what is being read. You can get a FREE copy of my sheet here (no subscription required), and I'd love for you to share the post with your friends!

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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