Collaborate: work with a partner and discuss what you're reading. That person should record in his journal what the partner tells him about his reading for the day. Then they should trade roles so that both partners have recorded in their own journals.

Part of reading critically requires that you know how to "synthesize" information. Synthesis is the bringing together of ideas. To show that you can synthesize what you read, please write a reflection about your book showing the way in which your prior knowledge connects with your book in some way. In other words, what have you experienced, read about, or heard about in the past that has helped you interpret your book? Give specific explanations of your personal knowledge and specific examples of how that knowledge connects with your book. ENTRIES SHOULD BE A FULL PAGE!!

Controlling Ideas:
Please read Shakespeare's Life pp xxiv-xxvii
-Create a journal entry that shows you understand the controlling idea of each paragraph in the reading AND that shows you use context clues to identify words you don't understand. (Please look at the school-wide rubric stapled on the inside of your journal)
-Create five quiz questions on the reading
- If finish early, do outside reading.

Please describe who you think the intended audience of your book is. Include the following information:
1. Who would most enjoy the book and why?
2. What is the age range of the audience? In other words, would young adults enjoy it? Middle aged people? Explain why you believe this.
3. What special interests or information might the book's audience need in order to enjoy it?

When reading, it's important to understand that bias often comes into play, either from an author or a character. Bias is "to cause partiality or favoritism in (a person); influence, esp. unfairly." For example, as a teacher, I am likely to try influencing you to believe that education should be a priority in your life. Your friends, especially those who don't like school, may try influencing you to go have fun instead of studying. In both cases, bias comes into play.

For your reading journal, please discuss whether the author or a character in the book shows bias. Use examples to back up your position.

Which minor character from
__ do you most resemble and why?

Reading Habits:
How much time did you spend last week doing required reading for school? How much time did you spend reading for your own purposes and what did you read? Which required reading was tolerable and why?

Plot Development:
So far, is your book predictable in terms of plot or character decisions?

General Reading:
Outside Reading: Answer one of the following questions in at least six sentences.
1. Why did you choose this book? Do you like it so far? Why or why not?
2. Please predict how you think this book will end.
3. Which character do you think you will enjoy or hate the most? Explain.