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Y8 Reading Journal / Diary

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A booklet designed for secondary school students (broadly speaking Year 8) 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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Y8 Reading Journal / Diary

  1. 1. This belongs to: If lost, please return to: Reading Journal Year 8 (Fiction)
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 Book Date Minutes read What was your favourite part of the reading today? How do you think the author wanted you to react with what you read today? List at least 5 nouns from what you read today. Write them down in alphabetical order. Describe what happened in what you read today using the bullet points below: • • • • • What were some of the adjectives that the author used in 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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read List at least 3 adjectives 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). What do you expect to happen in the next chapter of the book? 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 your book. Can you think of 3 other ways to describe the same thing (synonyms)? Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read Book Date Minutes read What was your favourite part of the reading today? Which was your least favourite part of the reading today. Why? List 10 nouns you’ve read in the book. List in reverse alphabetical order. Using exactly 17 words, describe what happened in what you read today. If you could change one thing about the story so far, what would you change and why? Book Date Minutes read Reading Journal
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 Book Date Minutes read List 5 verbs that were used in the reading you did today. What was the purpose of this chapter? What did it change/develop or do to the story? In no less than 25 words, describe what you think the main character would look like after what you read today. Describe your emotions reading today. Include reasons why. What is your prediction for what will happen in the next chapter? 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 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? Using exactly 12 words, and including at least 2 adjectives, describe how you felt reading today. What were some of the adjectives (descriptive words) that the author used in what you read today? Write down one thing the main character did in your reading today. Why do you think that they acted in that way? 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 at least 5 nouns from what you read today. Write them down in alphabetical order. What do you expect to happen in the next chapter of the book? In exactly 15 words, describe what you think will happen in the next chapter. In exactly 15 words, describe what happened in the reading today. Describe what happened in what you read today using the bullet points below: • • • •
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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 Write down and list in alphabetical order your 7 favourite words from the reading today. How do you think the author wanted you to feel with what you read today? Write down at least 2 words that helped to create this reaction. What was your favourite sentence from what you read today? Copy it down exactly as it appears in the book. Find 3 adverbs anywhere in the book. Write them below. For each add an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning). If you could change one thing about the story so far, what would you change and why?
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 Book Date Minutes read Write down 5 verbs from anywhere in the book. List them in reverse alphabetical order. In no more than 10 words, sum up what happened in the reading you did today. Looking back through what you read, write down at least one 3 syllable word, one 4 syllable word and any 5 syllable words. Describe the order of events in what you read today using the words below. To begin with… Then… And then near the end… List at least 5 of the adjectives (descriptive words) that the author used in 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 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. Write down 5 adverbs from the book so far. For each one write down the opposite meaning (antonyms). What do you expect to happen in the next chapter of the book? 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.
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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 What was your favourite part of the reading today? Why? If you had to recommend the book you are reading for someone, who do you think would it enjoy it the most. Why? If you could change one thing that happened in what you read today, what would you change and why? If you could change one thing about one of the main characters, what would you change and why? Write down 5 words that started sentences, but list them in alphabetical order.
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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 5 verbs that were used in your reading today. What did you learn about the main character today? Write down and list in alphabetical order your 7 favourite words from the reading today. Describe your emotions reading today. Include reasons why. 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 Describe what happened in what you read today using the bullet points below: • • • • List 5 nouns that were used in the reading today. List your 6 favourite words from anywhere in the book. For each, try to write down a word that rhymes with it. Describe the order of events in what you read today using the words below. To begin with… Then… And then near the end… If you could be any of the characters from what you read today, who would you be and why?
  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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