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Literature Response in Primary Classrooms

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Literature Response in Primary Classrooms

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Jan Brett books or four other related read-aloud books
  • chart paper and markers
  • crayons, colored pencils, or other appropriate drawing tools

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • Bookmarks: University of Connecticut Schoolwide Enrichment Model - Reading

    Teachers might use these downloadable bookmarks from UCONN as a resource when developing ongoing literature response prompts. They include a variety of questions that apply to most books, for fiction, non-fiction and many genres.

  • Rubrics: Response to Literature

    This Timmons Times blog post describes the creation of a 3-point student-friendly literature response rubric. Teachers creating rubrics with students can use this website as a resource.

  • Jan Brett

    This author website includes many activities and resources related to Jan Brett’s books, including “how to draw” videos.

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Note:  In order to specifically illustrate and model in detail the progression of literature response prompts and to serve as a starting point, this series of lessons uses four books written by Jan Brett.  Presumably, students will be responding in writing to many different books throughout the school year, using a variety of prompts as well as their own open-ended responses.

  1. Gather Jan Brett books for read-aloud:  The Mitten, The Hat, The Three Snow Bears, and Annie and the Wild Animals, OR choose alternate picture books with interesting characters, clear plot points, clear problem/solution, and/or interesting conflict.
  2. Make copies for all students of the Literature Response Prompts for Jan Brett Books templates. For suggestions, see Sample Prompts for Literature Response in Primary Classrooms.
  3. Make sure all students have access to crayons and/or colored pencils in a wide variety of colors.
  4. Arrange for adult presence/assistance in classrooms with students students who are not ready to write or who need help; the adult can transcribe or assist as appropriate. For example, in Kindergarten, the literature response can be done during “centers” or “stations” if the read aloud has taken place immediately prior to this time.
  5. If you are planning to use the online Venn Diagram interactive, test the interactive and make sure that you have the appropriate software installed for it to run effectively.  You will need computers with internet access for each student to use this interactive.  If computer accessibility is a problem, print out paper copies of the interactive and make enough copies for each student.  If you need additional help with this interactive, please visit our Technical Help page.

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