What's an RRJ you ask? They are our Reading Response Journals!
Our kiddos used regular composition books and decorated the covers:
We used binder clips to put reading logs in the front of each RRJ. The kiddos can remove and turn in their reading logs when filled and then add a new one by clipping it inside. They have to write the date, title, genre, check the strategy they are writing about, number of pages, and AR color.
Each student also has a reference page on the first page of their RRJ. I copied mine on yellow paper so they stand out. The reference page explains how to fill out the RRJ and gives a list of genre definitions because they have to include the genre on each RRJ entry.
Right now, we have only learned how to summarize. We read a few books together and did oral summaries. Then we read and wrote a summary together. Then I read the kids a book and each kid wrote their own summary on a half sheet of paper- this way they have the definition of the strategy and an example of what they are supposed to do. They glued them in their RRJs. They must also write their name, date, book title, genre, and strategy at the top of each RRJ entry.
Now my kiddos are summarizing on their own. They summarize their reading each night Monday-Thursday and I read them during their specials and give a little note of feedback. They love coming in to find their RRJs on their desks to see what I've said to them!
That particular little lady is quite the writer- most of my kids are doing a small paragraph of about 5-7 sentences. They have LOVED doing their RRJs so far and I am excited about introducing more strategies in the future so they can have their choice of what to write about!
Hooray! My first "meaty" post since school has started... YES!
*Addition on 9/20/12- the pack for RRJs is available to purchase! Click HERE for more info!*