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Y10 Reading Journal / Diary

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A booklet designed for secondary school students (broadly speaking Year 10) that provides a range of questions to help track reading and comprehension of any book or text. Includes a wide-range of questions and activities as well as a section to list unknown words, a reminder of word class and a section to print out and turn into bookmarks.

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Y10 Reading Journal / Diary

  1. 1. This belongs to: If lost, please return to: Reading Journal Year 10 (Fiction)
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 Book Date Minutes read What was your favourite part of the reading today? What reaction do you think the author wanted you to have with what you read today? List at least 5 nouns from what you read today. Write them down in alphabetical order. List 5 nouns from the reading today but in reverse alphabetical order. What do you think will happen next to the main character? Why? Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read List at least 3 adjectives and 2 adverbs that you read today. List them in alphabetical order. Find 3 adverbs anywhere in the book. Write them below. For each add an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning). Choose an adjective from anywhere in the book. List at least 3 other ways of describing the same the thing (synonyms). Write down one thing the main character did in your reading today. Why do you think that they acted in that way? If you could change one thing about the story so far, what would it be and why? Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read How do you think the main character felt during what you read today? Why? Would you have reacted differently? How? Choose 3 words from your reading today. For each, try to list 3 synonyms (words that have nearly the same meaning). Re-write your favourite sentence from the book so far by adding different adjectives and/or adverbs. Using exactly 17 words, describe what happened in what you read today. What do you think will happen next in your book? What clues give you that idea? Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read List 5 adjectives to describe the main character. In no less than 25 words, describe your main character so that someone who has never read the book would get a clear picture of what the main character is like. Describe your emotions when reading today. Include reasons why. What is your prediction for what will happen in the next chapter? Using exactly 12 words, and including at least 2 adjectives, describe what happened with what you read today. Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Write down and list in alphabetical order your 7 favourite words from the book so far. What reaction do you think the author wanted you to have with what you read today? What words did they use to help create that reaction? Write down at least one 3 syllable word, one 4 syllable word and any 5 syllable words from the book so far. If you had to recommend the book you are reading for someone, who do you think would it enjoy it the most. Why? List as many other books, TV programs or films that are similar to what you’ve read in this book so far. Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal List your 6 favourite words from anywhere in the book. For each, try to write down a word that rhymes with it. What do you expect to happen in the next chapter of the book? Why? Write down 5 verbs from anywhere in the book. List them in reverse alphabetical order. In exactly 15 words, describe what happened in the reading today. Without looking, write down what you think the last sentence of the book will be.
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal Copy down a sentence from the book that gives you a clue about what might be happening later on in the book. Imagine that you had to explain to someone who hasn’t read this book what has happened so far. Explain what happened: To begin with… Then… And now… What was your favourite sentence from what you read today? Copy it down exactly as it appears in the book. Why was it your favourite? Find 3 adverbs anywhere in the book. Write them below. For each add an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning). In no more than 20 words, sum up what happened in the book you read today:
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 Book Date Minutes read Of all the characters you’re read about so far, rank them in order, starting with your favourite to least favourite: Which character do you dislike? Try to describe them and your reaction using at least 4 adjectives and 3 verbs. What do you think might happen to the character you’ve written about above? Using exactly 17 words, describe what happened in what you read today. Write down the names of all of the characters that featured in what you read today. Alphabetise them backwards, from Z-A. Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal If you could change one thing that happened in what you read today, what would you change and why? Write down 5 words that started sentences, but list them in alphabetical order. Write down and list in alphabetical order 7 connectives from anywhere in the book. Try to spell them without looking back in the book! What did you learn about the main character today? Have they changed or developed in any way? If so, how? Describe your emotions reading today. Include reasons why.
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal Describe what happened in what you read today using the bullet points below: • • • • Write down 5 prepositions from any part of the book so far. List them in alphabetical order. List at least 5 nouns from what you read today. Write them down in alphabetical order. List 5 nouns from the reading today but in reverse alphabetical order. What do you think will happen next to the main character? What clues in the text suggest this?
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal List at least 3 adjectives and 2 adverbs that you read today. List them in alphabetical order. Find 3 pronouns from the reading today. Aim to copy them down without looking at how they’re spelt. Write down one thing the main character did in your reading today. Why do you think that they acted in that way? Choose an adjective from anywhere in the book. List at least 3 other ways of describing the same the thing (synonyms). If you could change one thing about the story so far, what would it be and why?
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal Imagine that you had to explain to someone who hasn’t read this book what has happened so far. Explain what happened: To begin with… Then… And now… How do you think the main character felt during what you read today? Why? Would you have reacted differently? How? In no less than 25 words, describe what you think the main character would look like after what you read today. What was the purpose of the story in what you read today? Did it change or develop the story or add anything new? Looking back through what you read, write down at least one 3 syllable word, one 4 syllable word and any 5 syllable words.
  14. 14. Part of speech Function Example words Example sentence noun A thing or person. dog, pen, England, man, carrot, Tom Affan lives with his dog and cat in London. verb An action, a state or an occurrence. have, happen, be, bring, read, walk, dance Jane must study hard and learn well. adjective This describes a noun. beautiful, big, red, fruity, interesting The little girl loves her old, ragged doll. pronoun This replaces a noun. I, you, he, she, we, they, it, some She went to the shops with him. They had fun. adverb Describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb. slowly, happily, incredibly, truly, kindly Alice and Jim sometimes run quickly together. preposition These usually come before nouns to explain the relationship between two nouns. They typically express a relationship relating to time and space. down, from, into, like, near, on, under, up My dog is lying down next to me on the floor. conjunction This joins words, phrases or clauses. for, and, but, or, yet, so, nor I like bears and lions, but I don’t like cats or dogs. interjection A word or short phrase that conveys emotion. oh, ouch, hey, well um, huh, ugh, help! Ouch! That hurt. Oh no, I tore my jeans too. Oops! determiner Introduces a noun. that, my, these, his, a couple, the The boy supported his local team. Parts of speechAlso known as: word class
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Word: Word class: Definition: Use the next few pages to record any words you weren’t sure of the meaning of. Use a dictionary and look up the word class (for example noun, adjective etc) and then copy the definition into the box on the right. Reading Journal
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 Word: Word class: Definition: Reading Journal
  17. 17. Name STUCK? LOOK Lookatany picturesfor clues LIPS Saythefirst andlast sound STRETCH Stretchthe wordout slowlyandput thesounds together. CHUNK Lookfor ‘chunks’or partsofwords youknow. SKIP Skiptheword, readthe sentence,then hopback&try again. TRY Trytoreread thesentence, tryawordthat makessense. ASK Askforhelp afteryou’ve triedallof these.

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