IRP Reading Response Prompts

Term 1-Making Inferences

#29 Dialogue Detective

Read aloud a section of dialogue that taught you a lot about the characters who are conversing. Explain how you interpreted their words, inner thoughts and author's comments to infer personality, feelings and motivation.

#30 Be the Character!

Read aloud a favorite scene or section of dialogue. Now imagine you are that character, and suddenly, a fairy godmother appears and kindly asks you to express everything you are thinking and feeling and why. Free-associate as though you are the character.

#31 Action Speaks Louder

It is fair to say that what you do shows others what kind of person you are. From a book's character's actions, we decide if he or she is courageous, sneaky, hot headed, and so on. Choose a character, and pick three or four of his or her actions. Discuss what they may reveal about the character's personality.

#32 Be an Actor

Ready to show what you know about characters' motivations? Select a section of your book that's rich in dialogue. Read it aloud, adjusting your voice for different character's personalities and emotions. Describe why you chose to read the parts the way you did.

Term Two-Setting

#13 Past, Present, and Future

In this book, are the characters living in the past, the future, or do they remain in the present time? What did you learn about the time period? Do you think the world is better or worse off now?

#14 Important Scenes

Pick your favorite character. Which setting deeply affects the character's decisions and feelings? Which create problems? Identify two or three settings and clearly explain how each impacts the character.

#15 Clues about Time

Reflect on how much time passes in your book. Skimming the text, find and discuss how the author makes time move.

#16 You are There!

Sometimes an author describes a place with so much detail that you can see, hear, smell, and feel what the place is like. Find a scene that involves several of your senses. What are the words and phrases that stir the senses?

Term Three-Character

#1 Heart-to Heart

The main character wants to meet you at the local diner to talk about everything he or she has been going through. Think about conflicts this character faces. Then tell the main character what you think about how he or she handles it, and what you consider to be his or her greatest strength-and his or her greatest flaw.

#2 Mood Clues

Mad? You slam a door. Hurt? You cry or run away. Sad? You slump your shoulders. What you say and do communicate your mood and even your personality. The same is true for book characters. Find and discuss two character-revealing passages, and explain what each taught you about that character's feelings, motivations and personality traits.

#3 Choose a Character

Discuss this! If you had to be stranded on a desert island with any character in your book, who would it be? Why? Who would be your last pick? Why?

#8 Favorite Things

List things that you cherish in life, such as free time, in-line skating, a friendship, or a favorite sport. Now, list 5 or 6 things that the main character might value. Discuss how the plot helped you understand what the character values. Then compare your values to the characters.

Term Four-Theme

#9 What's Up

A news reporter is interviewing you about issues you've observed between friends and family at school an in your neighborhood. What are some problems you might discuss? Does your book address any of these? Explain the connections between your book and any problems you identify.

# 10 Make It a Bestseller

You're an editor who has come up with a new title for your book. Think about the novel's characters, problems, settings, events, and themes. Create an effective new title that will entice people to read the book and explain why you think it reflects the book's main ideas so well.

#11 Talk Show Question

You are the author. In front of millions of TV viewers, a famous talk show host asks you: " So do you think people are basically good-hearted or basically selfish? Based on the characters in your novel, what would you answer and why?

#12 Pick a Theme

Discuss what the author seems to be saying about one of these topics or themes: friendship, family, poverty, prejudice, survival, hope, peer pressure, illness, handicaps, talent.