How To Take Students' Stop and Jots to the Next Level: Analytical Written Responses to Reading


What do I do with all these post-it notes?

Your students are reading independently.


They are reacting to the text and jotting their thinking down on post its.

Which of these situations have you experienced...

  1. A student comes to you and says..."I've finished my book, now what do I do with all these post its?"

  2. You see independent reading books and notebooks full of post its and sticky notes are falling all over the classroom floor.

  3. You see students throwing those little treasure pieces of reading thinking in the trash can.

Whether it's scenario #1 or #2 or #3, those post-it notes need to find their way into stretching student thinking about the text.

Now, what do we do with all those sticky notes?

We want students to take their thinking to the next level...


Analytical Written Responses to Reading

Those post-it notes are full of students' original thinking. Your readers have done the reading work!

Now it's time to take that work and use it to craft a longer written reading response full of your readers' original thinking and analysis.

But how do we use that sticky note thinking about reading to write a reading response?

Taking students through the process of using that reading work to craft a response takes several steps.


This process takes place over several days and a series of minilessons designed to help readers review their short jots and annotations, then use those to create an analytical written reading response.


Take your readers through the process with you by using a familiar book that is full of your (& your readers') thinking. Choose a previous read aloud you all experienced together and loved.