Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Responding to Reading

I've been a busy lady.  I'm sorry about the lack of blog updates and blog commenting (mainly the blog commenting though.  I feel bad reading a post and not commenting!).  I have a MESS of deadlines coming up...two big ones on Friday, then another big one on Thursday and then I should be in the clear for quite a while!

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Today I'm linking up with Ideas by Jivey for Workshop Wednesday!  I love Workshop many great blog posts to read!  This week's topic is responding to reading.

Like many workshop teachers, I give my students stickies to leave "tracks" in their reading.  We use sticky notes together while we read and then I expect them to practice what I've taught in their independent reading.

I have students keep their stickies in their reading response notebook.  Most students are pretty good about keeping the stickies nicely organized with the title of the book at the top of the page.
In guided reading, I've started having students write their responses in a booklet with comprehension and higher order thinking questions printed out for them.  I was noticing that my kids had a difficult time holding on to their response question while reading and often my conference with a student was being interrupted by a student who forgot the question.  These little booklets are also a matter of practicality: I can just quickly glance at the booklet to assess their comprehension before we begin our discussion.

Finally, I've blogged about these bookmarks before, but I updated them a little for independent reading.  I started using these bookmarks to help my literature circles move away from using role sheets.  They transitioned to bookmarks to keep them organized and focused and now, I'm SO proud to say, they bring their own notes to the literature circle! 

The boxes will hold the student's sticky notes perfectly!  Grab the independent reading bookmarks HERE!

That's it for me! Be sure to link up with Jivey to share how you have your students respond to reading!


  1. Love ALL this! And you know I love my sticky notes! ;-) thanks for linking up!! :)
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  2. I love the bookmarks and how they are sized for stickies! Helps the kids think more deeply about their reading. Thank you!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. Thank you for the bookmarks. I have to say your booklets look amazing - what a fantastic way to keep their work organized and easy to assess.

  4. I like those booklets too! And, anything with post-its...I love it! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. I love the higher order question books and sticky notes make everything better! Thanks for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

  6. Love the stickies! Kids are always motivated to write when they get to use stickies!
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