Here are 7 reader response journal activities that work for either narratives or expository texts. “Reader response is a school of literary criticism that ignores both the author and the text’s contents, confining analysis to the reader’s experience when reading a particular work,” according to Chegg.com. Wolfgan Iser’s explanation is deeper:

“This is how it works: a work of literature provides you with a certain outline of a character, or a scene. It’s like the text is a coloring book: you get all these cool outlines you’re supposed to color in. And as you know if you’ve ever given a bunch a kids the same picture to color in, they’re all going to do it a little bit differently.

Well, that’s basically how a reader interacts with a work of literature: the reader colors in the outlines that the text gives with his or her own impressions, thoughts, and emotions. The words on the page act on the reader’s mind, and the reader’s mind acts on the words on the page.”


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Todd Finley

Edutopia Blogger and Asst. Editor || ECU Ed Professor || Founder of Todd's Brain at www.todd-finley.com || Books: Dinkytown Braves and Rethinking Classroom Design.

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