All my students are required to read within certain genres, and as long as they follow the guidelines I provide, they get to choose each book they read. One of those requirements is that they read three books from the realistic fiction genre.
Once they've finished reading each book, they write me a letter proving they read the book; the letters are not a lot of work, but I ask them specific questions depending on what they've read.
Below is the prompt upon finishing their first realistic fiction book:
Reading Response: REALISTIC FICTION #1
One thing that moves any story along is characters. You should be familiar with the protagonist of your book, who is the main character, and the antagonist, who is the villain (or anything working against the main character).
You will include THREE things in your letter:
- Introduce me to the book’s protagonist – tell me all about him or her.
- Introduce me to the book’s antagonist – tell me all about him, her, or it.
- EXPLAIN how the protagonist and antagonist interact throughout the story.
Feel free to comment upon the above questions or methods - I'm always open to suggestions. And also feel free to use these ideas as well!