Reading Response Task Breakdown

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  • Reading – 1 to 1 1/2 hours
    • Take your time to read the story thoroughly
    • Take notes directly on the story and/or notes on a separate piece of paper
    • Re-read the story – This is the most critical part of writing a good response. You need to move beyond your initial understanding of the story and can only do so through re-reading.
  • Discussion – 30 minutes
    • Talk about the story with someone. The person you’re discussing with does not need to have read the story. Explain what happens in the story and explore the ideas and your understanding with them.
  • Planning – 10 to 30 minutes
    • Take some time to go over your notes, reflect on the discussion, and organize your ideas.
    • You do not need an outline, but know what you want to cover in your response
  • Write your response – 1 to 2 hours
    • There is no right way to begin a response. Some begin by stating their understanding of the meaning of the story immediately then working to justify it. Others will begin with a brief summary. Others still will start by discussing an important code and convention. It’s up to you.
    • Review the response rubric as you write.
    • Build on your ideas and use examples from the text throughout.