HOPE WAS HERE
AFTER EACH READING SESSION:
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR READING PROGRESS
Use a bookmark.
RESPOND TO YOUR READING
Talk about what you've read.
GIVE EACH CHAPTER A TITLE OR NAME
Select a main idea or catch phrase from the chapter to help you remember what happened in this part of the book.
LIST NEW CHARACTERS AND INFORMATION
Use the CHARACTER CHART. Be descriptive and provide information from the text to build characterization.
LIST PLOT ACTIVITY
Put the story into a sequence of events. Understand conflict and the build up of the plot to a climax. How will the story end? What is the resolution of the story (the denouement)?
MAKE A PREDICTION
Use foreshadowing clues and common sense understanding of characters and events to predict what might be going to happen. Then go back and check on your predictions to see how accurate they were.
JOT DOWN A QUOTE OR MEANINGFUL PHRASE
The author uses many memorable quotes and phrases that have special meaning to various characters and situations in the text. Some of these same quotes and phrases may resonate with you and can be applied to your own life situation. Jot down the quote in your RESPONSE JOURNAL and then briefly comment on how it is used in the story and how it relates to your own life situation.
VISUALIZE THE STORY AND CHARACTERS
Visualize a scene from the book and then draw a picture or find an illustration in a magazine or newspaper. You can also "visualize in words" something you "SAW" in the reading. Example: Visualize and describe the Welcome Stairways Diner.
USE A MAP TO LOCATE STORY SETTINGS
Early in the text, Hope remembers moving many times. She lists all the places she has lived and what she learned at each place. The places are actual locations and can be located on a map, although the small town in Wisconsin where the bulk of this story takes place is fictional.
LIST NEW OR UNFAMILIAR WORDS
Use CONTEXT CLUES (other words nearby in the story) to unlock the meaning of the word.
Go beyond the text, go back and reread, go deeper into the story to harvest additional meaning.
Enhanced Reading and Teaching Guide by Robert C. Bergstrom
Copyright 2002 Robert C. Bergstrom