Visual journals allow students to represent their thinking though different media (text, illustrations, collage, painting). Students might create a visual journal entry that focuses on a specific aspect of the text that resonates with them.
Students can also respond to texts through:
Robert E. Probst explains reader response theory in the article Transactional Theory in the Reading of Literature.
The University of Alberta offers information on using response journals in Enhancing Engagement in Reading: Response Journals in Secondary English Classrooms.
Jeffrey Wilhelm discusses creative ways to use drama to respond to literature in his article entitled Not for Wimps! Using Drama to Enrich Reading of YA Literature.
Author and teacher Penny Kittle gives examples of alternate ways to respond to literature from her own practice.
Read Write Think offers information on using annotations to make connections during reading.
I’ll Have Mine Annotated Please: Helping Students Make Connections with Texts by Matthew D. Brown offers information on ways to introduce the process to students.
Poetry in Voice offers a searchable database of poems and pedagogical materials.
Rosenblatt, L. M. (1985). Viewpoints: Transaction versus interaction: A terminological rescue operation. Research in the Teaching of English, 96-107