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Assignment Page: Patricia McCormick's SOLD (Book on human trafficking)


Strategies for Reading Making Journal (Blog) Entries

Reading is like most things in life - the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. You may wonder, however, how one "puts" anything into reading. Readers get involved in their reading by performing certain mental tasks as they read. They don't just try to understand the words they see on the page; they also connect these words to their own experiences, question what doesn't seem to make sense, and predict what might come next. In these ways readers become actively involved in the reading process.

The following list of skills describes the thought processes of active readers. As you read this list, ask yourself how many of these thought processes you go through when reading.
Questioning: When a word, statement or action is unclear, question it.
It may become clear later.

Connecting: Make connections with people, places and things you know.

Predicting: Try to figure out what will happen.

Clarifying: Watch for answers to questions you had earlier

Evaluating: Respond to what you have read. Draw your own conclusions about the characters, actions, and the whole story.

Your blog entries should attempt to include all of the above in various posts, as you read the book. I have listed various prompts in case you are not sure what to write about. I have even laid them out chapter by chapter, although an elightened student will not need my prompting, and should be able to contribute blog entries as they read the novel on their own.
Whenever you make a blog post, you should take the time to check on 2-3 other student blogs and read their posts if you can. Giving them feedback will help prove to me that you have read the book as well. When you post on each other's blogs, be considerate and be careful (if you are ahead) not to give away the ending. Try to spread your comments out, not hitting the same blog over and over. I will be visiting each of your blogs over the next few weeks, so check back to your ealeir posts and see my comments.

The reader's notes with the following story provide a model of how these reading skills apply to a particular text. These not will show you how one student got involved in the reading process. Through the connections this reader makes with the story are different from yours to anyone else's, they will help you see how a person's experiences add to the understanding of what he or she reads.

This is why we use Dialogical journal blog entries.

Here are the specs for making Blog posts: