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 Rachel’s thoughts…

Do you keep a reading journal? Well, I do, and although it may not be the most fun thing to do, I will still learn a lot from it. So far I feel that my journal has helped me think more about the book and to dig deeper into symbolism and what the author is trying to tell young readers and even older readers. I will not say that journaling is my favorite thing to do but, as I said, it does help my process of understanding the book speed up. I personally would not like to journal every chapter, so I would say that maybe journaling every 2 or 3 chapters would work too. When you journal, be sure to catch most of the main points, so when you go back to look at what has happened it will make it easier. I cannot say that keeping a journal is my favorite thing to do, but it certainly isn’t the worst.

Well said, Rachel!  I am happy to hear that doing this is increasing your understanding of the novel.  The idea of slowing journals down to every 3 chapters or so seems to be a common thread among all of our members, so let’s try it! Thanks for being positive and honest at the same time!  ~Mrs. Herr