Response Journal

The response journal is a rather simple method of keeping students’ minds on what they are learning when reading a text.  The page is divided into two columns, with one column dedicated to the text itself while the other is left blank and available for the student to record down anything he does not fully understand, or is new to him or her.

In a way, it is very similar to the Rate Your Words activity, albeit for larger ideas instead of simply vocabulary.  This activity would also work well as part of their review process before a summative assessment, once again having a predefined structure to condense all what they have learned in their own words.

An example of the Response Journal:

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