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Journal Responses

What is a journal response?

Journal responses are a great tool for reflection on reading and a way to share and explain one's personal reactions, questions, and interpretations of texts. When students write entries in their notebooks, they may give a brief summary; nonetheless, the goal is not to summarize or retell the story in order to prove they've read it but to uncover the meaning of the text and their response to that meaning.

How journal responses are graded:

4 - Proficient w/ distinction
• I understood what I read
• I explained my deep thinking
• Supported my thinking w/evidence
from text
• Included well-chosen quote(s)

3 -
Proficient
• I understood what I read
• I explained my deep thinking
• Supported my thinking w/ evidence from text

2 -
Partially Proficient
• I understood what I read

1 -
Substantially Below Proficient
• Response shows I wrote about what I read

0 - Did not do assignment
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