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    By bparsons

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    Typically these items are reading homework:

    Reading Response Journal:

    Use free choice or Lit Circle books. Summarize what was read after 20 minutes of reading. Include a personal reaction of some kind, if a chapter book that was not finished in 20 minutes, make a prediction. Students can also write a recommendation (or not) for the book when the finish the book. Last year I required 5 entries a week.

    This year, I think I'll go down to 4 per week. I expect to have a larger class this year and I just don't think I can correct them all every week and keep my sanity - besides, I'm going to focus on quality rather than quantity.

    Students have about 20 minutes in school at DEAR time to read so when they go home, they just need to write about what they read. We have centers once a week, and Response Journal is one of the centers. They can get one entry done during that time.

    Lit Circles

    Student have their lit circle "jobs" and comprehension questions from the assigned chapters to complete. They do have time in class to do this - while one lit circle is meeting, they are to be working on their own lit circle work, plus they can read the book at DEAR time. They might need to do some of the work at home.


    From Guided Reading

    Students might have a skills or comprehension task to complete from a story we read in class. Often we do this in class, but it might end up needing to be finished at home.

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