Post-it Response Strategies:

The following must appear on each Post-it
1. the response category (e.g. "Passages")
2. the page number (prose) or the line number (poetry) USE LINE NUMBERS FOR Shakespeare
3. your response

Passages: Mark any words, lines, or sections of the story that “stick out” for you – make sure to briefly explain why they “stick out.” These passages might be important, puzzling, curious, provocative, dubious, or well written – whatever grabs your attention. Note: Avoid using a highlighter; instead, use a pen or pencil to underline.

Reactions/Connections: What are your feelings and responses to this story? Does it remind you of past experiences, people, or events in your life? Does it make you think of anything happening in the news, around school, or in other books you have read?

Craft / 6-Traits: What do you notice about the author’s style, language, and point of view? What about the use of literary devices (similes, metaphors, irony, hyperbole, symbolism, etc.)? Do you notice anything interesting about the structure of the work (chronology of events, flashbacks, etc.)? What do you notice about the author’s use of the 6-Traits (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions)?

Questions: What questions come to mind while you are reading? Are there things you wonder about, doubt, or don’t understand? What would you ask the author or the characters if you could talk to them?

Vocabulary: Are there words that you don’t understand? Write them while you read and make an educated guess about the meaning based on the context. Don’t stop to look up every word while you are reading (this will bog down the flow of the narrative). If a word does seem particularly important, take a moment to look it up and write the definition on the Post-it.