What: Personal Reading Counts for: Junior Diploma How: Read independently, complete personal responses and put in your folder at front of room When: throughout the year – aim for at least 2 responses per term What can I read? novels, short story collections, poetry collections, biographies, autobiographies, magazine features (see 1.10 file on bookcase) What can’t I read? picture books, comics, graphic novels How do I write a personal response? Head it up with: Title Author Text type Date Then write your response. This should include a brief outline of what the story is about followed by at least two opinions of the book supported with evidence (a quotation or specific detail). You can also include how the text has effected your ideas or views on a subject, explain why you think a particular writing style is (or isn’t) effective, or discuss connections the text has with your own life/experiences, the world, or other texts. What next: Over summer you should continue reading independently. Next year you can use those books towards AS 1.10 which is worth 4 credits for NCEA level 1 and can be graded Achieved, Merit or Excellence - depending on the quality of your responses. This year is a practice year.