Choose a question from the Questions and Thinking Across a Story handout. After reading for at least 30 minutes and collecting evidence on post-its, add your post-its to your notebook page. Read over the evidence you collected, and find one or two big ideas you would like to develop in response to the focus question.
Pick a literary element we’ve studied this year to analyze. Use evidence and elaboration to discuss the author’s word choice and use of language. What do you appreciate about the author’s style? Do you have criticisms?
Pick a scene and write about it from multiple points of view.
Make a connection between an element of the story and your life, the world, history, or another text. Use specific details from the text to make the connection clear.
Options for Creative Reading Commentaries:
Illustrate a key scene or element of the chapter. Explain what you notice about this scene and why it is important.
Make a detailed diagram of what is going on in the chapter. Explain what you notice about this scene and why it is important.
Make an illustration or diagram showing connections between the story and other events in the real world, history, or another text.
Write a letter to ta character in the chapter. Make sure your letter comments on actual events from the chapter and choices the character has made.
Write a journal entry from the perspective of a character in the chapter. What would this character be thinking and feeling?
Write a poem about a pivotal moment or character in the story.