Ghost: Track Book 1

Week #4 - Chapter 7

Listening/Reading Response

Directions: As you read, put a sticky note next to any line, sentence, or section that jumps out at you. Write a brief note so you can remember what you were thinking. (If nothing jumps out at you by the time you have finished reading, go back and FIND something to respond to.) When you are finished reading, write your Listening/Reading Response on a sheet of paper.


  • Write at least four (4) complete sentences in your Listening/Reading Response.
  • Give the page number, paragraph, or line number of the part you are responding to.
  • Mention which type of Listening/Reading Response entry you are using (see below).

Types of Listening/Reading Response Entries

  1. Give an Opinion: Tell what you think or feel about a certain part, and why. Be specific.
  2. Ask a Question: This can be a basic question about something you don’t understand in the text, or a larger question (about life, literature, or anything) that the text made you consider.
  3. Make a Connection: As you read, a certain point in the text reminds you of another story, poem, movie, song, or something from real life. How are the two alike?
  4. Significant Passage: You realize a certain part in the text is important. Why do you think it’s important? What does it mean? What does it tell you about the entire book, story, or poem?
  5. Language Recognition: You notice some appropriate sensory details, or figurative language such as a simile, onomatopoeia, or personification, and so on. What is the language, and how does it add to the piece?
  6. Find Foreshadowing: You read something that seems like a hint of what will come later. Explain why you think this, and make a prediction.
  7. Theme Recognition: You find a sentence or two that might be the theme (the “So what?”) of the piece. Explain it in your own words.
  8. Spot the Setting: You notice a part that refers to the place or time of the story or poem. Why is it important?
  9. Character Description: You notice a detail about a character (what he or she looks like, thinks, says, or does). Why is it important? What does it reveal about that character?
  10. Mark the Motivation: You realize a character’s motive(s) (what a character wants). Explain the motive(s) and its effect on the story or other characters.
  11. Detect the Conflict: You realize one of the conflicts or problems in the story. Explain it, and explain how you recognized it.
  12. Find the Climax: You read a part that you realize is the biggest event (or most important moment) in the story. Explain why it is so important.
  13. Cite the Claim: You find the sentence that is the author’s main argument (the thesis or claim). Explain why you think it is the focus of the piece.
  14. Interesting Intro: You think the author’s introduction is interesting, clever, or engaging. Tell what technique the author used and why you think it is effective.
  15. Clever Conclusion: You think the author’s conclusion or clincher is really effective. Tell what technique the author used and why it works.

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