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Double Entry Journal

Reading Assessments

Spelling and Vocabulary Lists

AAASpell Grade 7
Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones
Comma Rules and Practice
Semicolon Rules and Practice
Quotation Marks

Vocabulary Word Activities
Use the word in an original sentence.
Find and learn the definition of the word.
Know how to pronounce the word.
Which parts of speech is the word used as (e.g. noun, verb)?
What are other forms of the word such as plurals or tenses.
What are synonyms of the word?
What are antonyms of the word?
What is the origin or etymology of the word?
What words rhyme with this word?

Close Reading

Reading for meaning and understanding*Read passage slowly*
1. Circle any unfamiliar vocabulary and look up the definition. Does the definition make sense in context?2. Underline any language that attracts your attention. Why did you find it interesting? Note your reasons.3. Verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs (highlight in different colours/what do you notice? are there patterns, comments on your findings)4. Predictions. What might happen next? Why?5. Opinions and Reflections. What do you think of the story, narrator, characters?6. Connections (TEXT, SELF, WORLD). Does the reading remind you about your own experiences? Books? Movies? What are the similarities?7. Ask questions. Focus on open questions.8. What are the key themes reflected in the passage?

Reading 2014-2015

Reading 2015-2016

Social Media


Before Reading
What do you think will happen?
What do you think it will be about?
Why did you choose it?
What do you hope for?

During Reading
What’s happening?
What are the important facts?
What is surprising you?
What is confusing you?
What questions are you asking yourself?

After Reading?
What happened in the story? What was the text about?
What was awesome?
What didn’t you like?
What confused you?
What is the big idea?
What did you learn?
What were the characters like?
What was the most important part?

Words, Sentences, Drawings, Pictures you paste in, Diagrams, Symbols

Thinking Book
Thinking Book Examples

Reading Responses

Determining Importance
Types of Questions
The Big Picture Activity


Reading Interview
Literature Circle Roles
Literature Circle Roles (text)