We have a quote in our classroom from Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer. It states, "Reading is the inhale and writing is the exhale." Dumbilli has taken this to heart as she is beginning Ann M. Martin's A Corner of the Universe. She's thinking about her reading, but she's doing so from a writer's stance as she attempts to determine what genre of writing her book may be. The graphic organizer provides evidence as to why it might be a personal narrative or possibly historical fiction. I really appreciate her last paragraph where she discusses how she'll have to read more and even states "The more you read, the more information you get."
I don't think the entry above is Dumbilli's strongest effort. However, this is one of the many beautiful things about reading response journals! After this quick assessment of Dumbilli's work, this would guide our instruction. This would turn into either a small group conference if others were struggling with this strategy as well or a one-on-one conference if we did not feel others needed additional instruction with this type of work. I would start the conference by informing her that I appreciate that she was thinking of some of the cause and effect relationships occurring in her book, but was slightly confused with how they were connected. She very well may explain this perfectly during this conversation and if so, then that's what I would want to see in her writing. If she is not able to do so, then we would most likely refer to either previous books she has read to look more closely at cause and effect that occurs in those or perhaps the extended text we are sharing with the class at the moment. We would end the conference by urging Dumbilli to revisit this strategy; to continue to read with the lens of cause and effect.