I made the information boxes for each book in the My Book Journey Notebooking Journal fairly short on purpose. I don’t want the boys to have to write a book report on each book they read (thus killing the joy of just reading). I want them to just take 5-10 minutes to add to their record.
Notebooking about the books they’ve read will help your children create a record of their reading accomplishments. They’ll learn to identify genre and to understand themes. You will need to help them with these at first. Students will also learn to concisely summarize the plot and their thoughts on each book they read. These are important skills which will help kids develop discernment and wisdom as they read. As a writer, I can tell you that the ability to write “clean” — to communicate an essential point in a small amount of space — is both rare and vital.
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