Four-Star Reading Responses

When I was a 4th/5th grade reading teacher, I fell in love with the Say Something response assignment. Are you familiar with this reading strategy?  When students finish reading, they are given a Post-it note, and they get to choose whether they:

  • ask a question.
  • make a comment.
  • make a prediction.
  • clarify something.
  • make a connection.

When our guided reading group time was almost over, it was so simple to hand students a Post-it note (that could serve as a bookmark), tell students to finish reading a chapter, and, as an assignment, "say something" on the Post-it note that they will share the following day when the group meets again.

When I first tried this response with students, I quickly figured out that giving them the above list was not enough. As a teacher, you definitely need to model what a well-written Say Something Post-it note looks like!  If you don't model, you will definitely see minimal effort in the form of notes that look like the 1-star notes below.


Recently I ran across this blog post by Chartchums, where they created an anchor chart that showed the progression from a 1-star Post-it note to a 4-star Post-it note for their second graders. I thought it was such a great idea that I was inspired to create a similar anchor chart for upper elementary students based on the Say Something Post-it Note reading strategy.

The Post-it note examples on this chart are based on the book The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series) by Pseudonymous Bosch. (This book would make an excellent mystery read-aloud, by the way!) (Amazon affiliate link follows.)
I especially like the visual element- it is clearly and immediately evident to students that shorter responses are worth only 1-star because they lack details. In order to write a 4-star Post-it note, students must strive for higher-level thinking that includes details and thorough explanations. When I share this anchor chart with students in the future, I plan to show them the anchor chart on the first day, and discuss what makes each Post-it note deserve that number of stars. On the second day, after students have written their own independent Post-it note responses, I will have each student bring his or her note to the anchor chart and line it up with where they believe their Post-it note should be placed. For example, if a student wrote a prediction, I would have him look at the 4 prediction Post-it notes on the anchor chart and decide which most resembles the type of response that he wrote. After a few days of doing this, hopefully students will be writing 3- and 4- star Post-it note responses!

I was going to make my own Say Something bookmarks to attach to this blog post, but after doing a quick search on TpT, I found that some fabulous bookmarks already exist! Check out these freebies by Let's Geaux Teach!

Do you have any tricks for getting students to write detailed responses to what they've read?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

60 comments:

  1. This is just what I was looking for that my principal couldn't provide! Oh, what did I do before Pinterest! Thank you so much!

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  2. Can you provide an enlarged photo of this, I can't really read what the responses under the four star column say. I can provide my email krrobinson@gaston.k12.nc.us

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  3. I would love an enlarged photo as well. Thank you.
    daskame@pcsb.org

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  4. An enlarged photo would be great!! nixonhh@rss.k12.nc.us

    Thanks!

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  5. I would like an enlarged photo too as I like the idea but can't read it all... minz1970@gmail.com.... thank you in advance.

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  6. I would like an enlarged photo too as I like the idea but can't read it all... minz1970@gmail.com.... thank you in advance.

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  7. I don't know if you are providing enlarged photos, but if you are sharing, I would also appreciate! Great idea!! sdorner@shakopee.k12.mn.us

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    1. I've been sending the photo to everyone via email. I just sent a photo to you. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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    2. Would also love an enlarged photo! Emily_miller@roundrockisd.org

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  8. I would love an enlarged photo as well :) thanks-great idea!
    Kwaychowsky@jupiterchristian.org

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  9. I would love an enlarged photo! Thanks so much!
    missy5459-email@yahoo.com

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  10. May I also have an enlarged photo? Thank you! Love the idea!
    butterfly1225@gmail.com

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  11. Could I also get an enlarged photo? katelputnam@gmail.com Thank you! Great idea!!

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  12. I would love an enlarged photo of this! Thank you! cdolsky@liberty.k12.mo.us

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  13. I would love an enlarged photo as well please.
    Madaniel247@gmail.com

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  14. Would you be able to provide me with an enlarged picture...thanks!
    jcrane@nhanover.com

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  15. Would you be able to provide me with an enlarged picture...thanks!
    jcrane@nhanover.com

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  16. I would love an enlarged picture! I cannot wait to try this out next year! I also love the link to the bookmarks!
    kpruette@greenville.k12.sc.us

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  17. Me, too, please!! Thank you for the link to bookmarks.
    donna.puizina@boontonschools.org

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  18. Me too please!!! erikalundgarcia@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

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  19. Please email a photo...looks great chinsteen@hotmail.com

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  20. I would love an enlarged photo please! Thanks so much! tammy.sharp@todd.kyschools.us

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  21. Would you please email me an enlarged
    Photo? Thanks!! Jefflsmith2@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Would you please send me an enlarged photo too? Thanks! Jefflsmith2@sbcglobal.net

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  23. Please send me a larger photo too at mnichols@brazosportisd.net. Thank you!

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  24. Would you please send me an enlarged photo too? Thank you so much. Mnichols@brazosportisd.net

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  25. Thanks for sharing. I like all the others would love an enlarged picture--thank you--ibkajun@gmail.com

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  26. Would you please send me an enlarged photo too? Thanks so much!
    ajenkins@csdspartans.org

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  27. Could you please send me an enlarged photo? Thanks for the great idea! jhaskins19@gmail.com

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  28. I would like an enlarged photo as well. Thanks so much! lalotz16@gmail.com

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  29. I would like a larger photo as well! Thank you so much!
    lalotz16@gmail.com

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  30. Can I also get an enlarged photo as well? My email is csornig@rc.edu

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  31. Great idea! Would love a photo as well. llheflin30@gmail.com

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  32. Enlarged photo, please. Great idea! Bknepper@sjusd.org

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  33. I would also love an enlarged photo, if possible! Thank you!!
    msalaeddin@gmail.com

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  34. I would love an enlarged photo please! We have introduced stop and jot and need to provide examples of higher level thinking note-taking. Love the poster! Thank you for sharing! cthompson@splendoraisd.org

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  35. I hope everyone received an enlarge photo, I hope, I can get one too.I noticed your blog for this great idea is still ongoing since January I'm going to make my chart this week to be ready for Aug. 11. Thanks, Love your blog.I hit like on Facebook. jducarpe@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello! Yes, I am happy to send anyone who requests a photo the largest photo I have of my anchor chart. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and my Facebook page! Have a great day!

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  36. Hello Deb. I just accepted a third grade teaching position and would love an enlarged photo of the Say Something anchor chart. It looks like you are helping many teachers. My email is wynndj@roadrunner.com and my first name is Dianne. Thanks!

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  37. Hi Deb. I just accepted a third grade teaching position and would love an enlarged photo of the Say Something anchor chart. It looks like you are helping many teachers. You can reach me at wynndj@roadrunner.com. Thanks!

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  38. This chart is great and I would love an enlarged photo, too. Can´t wait to use this in my classroom! gouldk@bsd-ri.net

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  39. You are so nice to share. I would love an enlarged photo -
    mdoherty@northbrook28.net
    THanks!!

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  40. Thanks! I'd love an enlarged copy!
    mdoherty@northbrook28.net

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  41. I love this! Could I get an enlarged photo too? Thank you so much! rsterrett@bsd100.org

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  42. Me too, please! Thank you so much for sharing. I would love an enlarged image as well. elaw@bxdca.org

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  43. Could I please have an enlarged photo? What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!! csullivan11@schools.nyc.gov

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  44. Could I please have an enlarged photo? What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing! csullivan11@schools.nyc.gov

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  45. Thank you for sharing this anchor chart. Please send me the enlarged photo. jbagnuol@psdschools.org

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  46. Thank you for sharing this anchor chart. Please send me an enlarged version. jbagnuol@psdschools.org

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  47. May I please have an enlarged photo? I love what you have done here! Thank you so very much. sullivanm@wellesleyps.org

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  48. I'd love to see the photo enlarged.
    lfiltness@gmail.com
    Thanks this is awesome.

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  49. I LOVE this and The Name of This Book is a Secret! Please send an enlarged photo:) criddle@philasd.org

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  50. Great anchor chart. Exactly what I need, but didn't have the time to create from scratch. Thank you so much for sharing I would love an enlarged photo if you are still willing to email them :-) kach9698@yahoo.com

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  51. This is my first time teaching fifth grade, and your chart looks like exactly how I would want my students to work on their post-it notes. I would love an enlarged picture if you are still sending them out. Thank you so much! kpolles@summit.k12.n.us

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    1. Yes, I'm still sending them out! I'll send it to you now! :)

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  52. This is chart is what I call Awesome-Sauce! Great Poster! Can you please email me an enlarge picture, please to tobiaskimberly2012@gmail.com

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  53. This is too great! Just taught the post it note concept to two 5th grade classes today. Would you also send me the enlarged pic to my email? My colleague and I were discussing the need for a clear cut rubric and here it is!!! Thanks so much
    Hughev@pcps.us

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  54. Just found your awesome blog! Thank you for this idea we are actually reading this book starting Monday it was student choice for the read aloud. I would love to have an enlarged photo to use as an intro. Thank you in advance! fergusonal@lcsedu.net

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  55. Sorry to join the queue...but I could please have an enlarge photo too? Thanks heaps.
    pbe@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg

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    1. No need to apologize... I am more than happy to send this to anyone who wants it! :)

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