Response Prompts

We often use reader response journals. There are a number of different topics you can use in a reading response journal:

  • Copy down a quote from a character and tell why you think it’s meaningful.
  • Ask questions about things that confuse you or that you wonder about.
  • Describe your feelings about the events.
  • Describe your feelings about characters.
  • Copy down a quote from a character and tell why you think it’s meaningful.
  • Describe your favorite part.
  • Make a prediction about what will happen next.
  • Tell how you would react if you were one of the characters in the story.
  • Describe a part that surprised you.
  • Does the author use any strong imagery in the story (similes, metaphors, etc.)? Give examples.
  • Write a letter to the author or a character.
  • Draw pictures or create graphic organizers.

Below is a list of prompt starters:

General Observations
  • I noticed…
  • I was really surprised…
  • What I found interesting…
  • The author is saying…
Preference
  • I like the way…
  • I didn’t/don’t like…
  • My favorite part…
Element of the Text is Unclear
  • I didn’t understand…
  • A question I have…
  • I’m guessing that…
  • Something new I learned…
  • I felt _______ when…
Discuss Surprising Element
  • I couldn’t believe…
  • I never thought…
Hypotehtical Thinking and Predictions
  • If I were [character]…
  • What I think will happen is…
  • What I thought would happen was…
  • I think _____ will become important because…
  • I began to think…
  • I predict…
Personal Connection to Past Experience
  • This reminds me of…
  • I began to think of…
  • I know the feeling…
Imagining
  • I can picture…
  • I can imagine…

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