Weekly Homework Assignments

SSR Weekly JournalinG

Everyone loves a good book! This year, you will enjoy several of your own books. Since these books are selected by you, we call them Student-Selected Reading books or “SSR books” for short. 

3 Easy Tips for choosing a great SSR Book: 

  • Try to find something you’re interested in reading. 

  • Make it something that you’ve never read before. 

  • Make sure that it is not too easy or too hard


  • In addition to reading your book, you will also journal about it in your own SSR journal. You should have 1 notebook dedicated just for this!

  • Every Friday, you will have 3 journal entries due in your SSR notebook. Each entry must be at least ½ page. Don’t worry if you are not sure what to write about. I have given you a list of journaling ideas/prompts to help you. 

  • When you complete the 3 journal entries is up to you, as long as on Friday they are all ready to be checked by me. This is a weekly grade. 

SSR Journaling Ideas/Prompts

1. Explain a character's problem and then offer your character advice on how to solve his/her problem. 

2. Explain how a character is acting and why you think the character is acting that way. 

3. From what you've read so far, make predictions about what will happen next and explain what in the text makes you think it will happen. 

4. Pick one character and explain why you would/would not like to have him/her as a friend. 

5. Describe and explain why you would/would not like to have lived in the time or place of the story. 

6. What real-life people or events are you reminded of by characters or events in the story? Explain why. 

7. Write about what would happen if you brought one of your characters to school or home for a day. 

8. Pick a scene in which you disagreed how a character handled a situation/person and rewrite it in the way you think it should have happened. 

9. What quality of which character strikes you as a good characteristic to develop within yourself over the years? Why? How does the character demonstrate this quality? 

10. Who tells the story? Is this the best person to tell it? Why? 

11. How would the story be different if told through another character's eyes? 

12. Why do you think the author wrote this story? 

13. If you were the author, would you have ended the story in a different way? Why? How so? 

14. How does the character's actions affect other people in the story? 

15. How does the author provide information or details to make the story seem realistic? 

16. How does the author help you feel that you are really there (in both realistic stories and fantasy)? 

17. Do you have any unanswered questions about the story? Explain. 

18. Copy an interesting/confusing/important/enjoyable passage and explain why you chose it. 

19. From what you've read so far, make predictions about what will happen next and explain what in the text makes you think it will happen. 

20. Insert yourself into a scene from the story. How would the scene be different if YOU were present during it. Be specific!

21. Write a letter to a character in this story. It can be advice, words of encouragement, or whatever you think they need to hear right now!

Reader Response Prompts for Nonfiction

reader response questions

1. Copy a short passage that you found to be interesting. Explain what made it interesting for you. 

2. Write a summary of what you read in your book today. 

3. Explain some of the things that you have learned so far that you are not likely to forget in the near future. 

4. Write to inform us about the author. What other articles and/or books has the author written? Is he/she one of your favorite authors, and if so, why? 

5. What ideas might you have for turning this work of nonfiction into a work of fiction? Give a brief summary of what your story might be like. 

6. Explain the basic information that is being presented in terms of the 5W's: Who? What? When? Where? Why?