Using Partner Response Journals

Hey there!  Just wanted to share a little information about a fun and practical lesson I did this past week with one of my favorite texts!  I love using picture books to do "double duty"--to teach reading strategies and skills AND social studies or science content.
For this lesson, I talk to my students about how writing is communicating--so we use our reading journals to practice our WRITTEN communication with each other!  Here's how I did it...I read the book in small sections and asked students to record their own thinking--their questions, wonderings, and "noticings" on the left side of a T-chart.  I gave them time after every few pages to jot their ideas on their side of the chart.
Like this!
After a few minutes of writing, I have them exchange notebooks with a partner where they then record their responses...if the first partner writes a comment, the partner can then respond--agree, disagree, ask more questions, and so on.  We practice these skills with our oral language, and we are now moving them to our written work.

After a few minutes, we exchange notebooks back and the students have a quick discussion with each other.  After that, I record some of their ideas on an anchor chart.
We continue this process through the, respond, exchange notebooks, and then share out.

Interested in a resource to use with this book?  Here you go!

1 comment

  1. Wow! This was a great post and extremely informative! I cannot wait to try these ideas! Thanks for sharing!