Wednesday, June 4, 2014

100 Minutes Book Study - Chapter 4 Reading Response

Thinking of Teaching

 Today I am linking up with Jen from Teaching, Life, and Everything in Between our next hostess for our  book study on 100 Minutes - Making Every Minute Count in the Literacy Block by Lisa Donohue.

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You can read my previous posts below:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

My thoughts on Chapter 4:

Lisa Donohuev suggests introducing reading response following guided reading.  The teacher initially teaches the skill during the guided reading portion, then the student practices it on their own.  The next day, those students are able to transfer their new learning by reading independently and completing the response to the text they have chosen on their own.  This follows the gradual release of responsibility method.

She points out how difficult it is to assess independent reading and states that the most effective way to monitor it is the use of reading responses.

My favorite part of the whole chapter has got to be the reading response task cards she has included.  There are 8 pages of these along with a list of other ideas you can use as well to make your own.

I already use reading responses in my classroom (and for homework) with my weekly read and respond reading logs and it was nice to have the affirmation of this effective process.

Read and Respond - Reading Response Journal Prompts and Re

I will probably change the way that I introduce response prompts to the way that Donohue recommends.  I think it will create much better responses from the beginning. I also like the idea of having several response choices available for the students during their independent work time.

How will I incorporate these strategies into my current practice?  What read alouds will work best with each type of written response?  How do I encourage students to self select books that fit with certain strategies?

If you are reading along with this book, feel free to join in the discussion by linking up below.  I am looking forward to reading everyone else's thoughts and reflections!  

Next up- Chapter 5: Writing Around the Literacy Block

Be sure to visit Melissa over at Dilly Dabbles on May 27th to continue this learning journey with us. 


  1. I was thinking the same thing about the reading responses. I have my students complete the responses for homework but I feel like something needs to change. I'm still trying to figure it out!

    I really love the task cards too! The beauty is that they can correlate with any fiction chapter book. I definitely want to incorporate choice in my room next year--and I think the real challenge with that is getting the kids to think about their thinking as they're reading. Then they will know what cards relate to the specific parts of their books. I just don't know how to get them to that point...something else to think about :)

  2. Thanks for linking up with another great post. I really like that you pointed out the difficulty is assessing student's reading. It's hard to do but so important.
    I've wishlisted your reading response logs. What a great idea!
    Thinking of Teaching

  3. The thought of choice with reading responses in homework reading logs has me intrigued! I'm thinking the log needs to be in conjunction with lessons in class for further independent practice. Yes, I love the method Lisa uses to slowly and methodically TEACH students to respond!

    1. I agree about having to work in conjunction with the reading log and classroom lessons. It fits the gradual release of responsibility she talks about in the book.


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