As a high school student, you are expected to be an active, responsive reader. A Reading Log can help to organize and express your thoughts as you read. You will complete a Reading Log for each chapter/ reading assignment of your selected novel. Logs will be collected and graded at the end of the project, but there may be random checks.
The following items are required for each log:
Summary – Describe the characters and situations within the chapter/section. What happened? Why and how is this section of the text relevant to the overall plot and/or structure of the story? How does this section fit into the story thus far? How were the characters affected? How did they respond? What new insights do you have into the characters and/or story?
Response to Quotation(s) – Select (at least) one significant quotation from the chapter. Copy the quotation and the page number. Identify the speaker and explain why you chose this quotation, why it stood out to you, why this quotation is important to the text as a whole or the chapter, etc. Specifically look for quotations relevant to major themes or ideas in the text.
Predict -- Make a prediction about what you think will happen next. Specifically explain what evidence or details lead you to this conclusion.
Create a REDUCTION for your novel. A reduction is a one-page picture–and–word compilation of a literary work. The process of doing the reduction will help you to think about what you have read and what the essential components of the novel are. It will also serve as a source for future reference.
Unlike other assignments, you will not write in sentences but will include all the important literary elements listed below in pictures and words or phrases (see example below). Do NOT use lined paper; most students use some type of poster board or scrapbook paper. If you choose a colored/textured paper, it must be relevant/symbolic in some way. You must include all of the following criteria on your reduction: