Mrs. Herr asked the students to write a blog post to express how they feel about being required to keep journals as they read their novels.  Here are Nicole’s thoughts…

Have you ever had to do something that an adult tells you will help? All of the Reading Eagles have to journal about main characters, events, and difficult words after every chapter of our books. Some of us like to journal but most of us do not. Our teacher tells us that it will help our brains work harder and it will help in the future. I personally don’t dread journaling but I love just simply reading.  I know journaling will help my reading skills grow, but maybe we don’t have to journal about every chapter. I think that if we journal after two or three chapters we will not dread them as much.  We would also be working on picking out the most important details in two or three chapters.  This way, we can read more but still be able to challenge our brains.  Journaling might not be the most fun, but if we try new things, then we might just like it.

Well said Nicole!!  Thank you for trusting me and trying what I’ve asked.  I appreciate that you can be honest and still see the potential benefit even if you don’t like it.  You make a valid point about being able to pick out the most important details over a few chapters, which is an excellent skill.  I also agree about doing it less often (every few chapters), so let’s try it!  Journal on! ~Mrs. Herr