Response Notebook

Response Notebooks can be used for listening activities or prompts, especially as an opening “bell” activity as students enter.  A teacher can ask questions that pertain to learning, and students can respond individually or with a partner.  

Rather than simply writing in a response journal, it may be more effective to let students create a
“performance” response. The students in the example below explain the concepts they learned about literary elements by writing and performing a rap! 

Some sample questions to ask students in a vocal classroom could be to have them think about the music they are singing:

1. How does the title of the song reflect the actual text?

2. When reading the text, what stands out to you as the most important words?

3. If you could ask the composer one question about the music, what would it be?

PROCEDURE (begin by explaining and modeling):

1. Introduce students to the idea that their responses should be based on their knowledge, feelings, and judgment but they should be abe to back up their thoughts with facts. 

2. Provide a prompt, and have students complete the entry in their Google Docs.

3. Students may or may not choose to share their entries by reading aloud in class. 

References and Resources:

Panicked Teacher's Blog: Reading Response Notebooks [Web log post]. (2013, June 19). Retrieved from

Reader's Response -- Activities and strategies to engage students in reading. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2015, from