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Les Parsons

Markham (Ont.), Pembroke Publishers, 1990. 90pp, paper, $10.95
ISBN 0-921217-41-2. CIP

Reviewed by Daphne Nelson.

Volume 18 Number 3
1990 May

Les Parsons' Response Journals will be well received by teachers who have used journal writing in their classrooms and have found the experience less than satisfying.

Response Journals is not about the limiting classroom strategy known as journal writing, in which students record what they had for lunch or what they did on the weekend. Instead, it is a multi-dimensional tool (whole-language advocates take note!) for responding to literature and the media.

Parsons takes the reader through his step-by-step system, which encourages students to respond in new and different ways to what they read and hear. The book covers the subject thoroughly. It offers suggestions on how to study literature, and it suggests methods for developing small-group discussions. It gives concrete and extensive examples gleaned from the author's classroom experiences. As well, reproducible lists of questions to cue responses to short stories, novels, television programs or newspapers are included.

Not sure how to evaluate journals? Parsons covers that topic, too, in a chapter on formative and summative evaluation.

Response Journals is a complete, practical, no-nonsense handbook for those teachers interested in using journals as a tool for learning.

Daphne Nelson, Bishop's College School, Lennoxville, Que.
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