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 Will’s thoughts…

Have you ever read a sentence in a book, and then completely forgotten about it?  If so, don’t worry, it happens to all of us.  To help with this problem, each student in The Reading Eagles has been given a reading journal.  This journal helps us comprehend what we read and keep track of all of the characters and different settings.  It even helps us visualize what we’re reading when we sketch a picture in the journal.  Although this journal is very helpful, it also has some downsides.  You have to stop many times to write down information.  Also, you have to bring the journal with you whenever you read.  To solve this problem, I would suggest using a note-card as a bookmark to write down information.  Even though there are many ups and downs, I think the journal helps me understand my book much better.

Will, thanks for your willingness to see the good in this, even though it’s a pain!  I love your note-card idea.  I’m working on a solution to the journals that may incorporate your suggestions for the next quarter.  My personal hope is that keeping a journal will really point out changes in characters, plot development, and even point you toward that all-elusive theme!  ~Mrs. Herr