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Reading Response - Connect and Dream

Make connections and point to what's important.

Read half-way through your book, and stop 2 or 3 times to write about your book in the same Doc:

  • Say how a part of your book is similar to or different from something in your life or that you've seen in the news.
  • Write about a theme in your book or a hard-to-answer question. Speculate about the answers.

Use Guides: Responding to Lit. Post this as a Discussion.

Your goal is to finish your book or article(s) before the 3 Tasks of this Challenge are completed.

You can do this in one sitting or you can do it 4 times for thirty minutes each time or 6 times for twenty minutes each. But it has to be focused, uninterrupted reading. No multi-tasking during your reading time. 

After you've read your book or your article for at least 2 hours open a Google Document and plan to write for about 30 minutes.

Begin by freewriting about your text. Write non-stop for 5 or ten minutes about anything that comes into your head about your book or article.

Then turn to the Literature Response Guides or to this guide, "General Response to a Non-Fiction Article.

Share your Doc with a teacher and a couple of peers, and ask them to make a couple of comments. Do not publish it on Youth Voices yet until you have read half of your book and written about it 2 or 3 times. Also make your document public.

In the Post Comment button here (on P2PU) add a link to your discussion post on Youth Voices. Do this before you click Yes, I'm done .

Although it's important to understand what the literature guides are asking for, we encourage students to break out of the overly structured guides and create your own kinds of response.

However, we do ask you to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. Begin by doing a freewrite: your first thoughts about this section of the book or article. You'll need to revise this writing before you publish it on Youth Voices.
  2. Be specific about your response to your reading, and give an example from the text. Quote from the text.
  3. Quote a second section from the text when you make connections, ask questions, track elements of the text, or compare it to other things.
  4. End by predicting what you think might happen next, and say how you feel about continuing your reading

Task Discussion