Synthesizing

Your response letter should always begin with what the title of your current book is, as well as the author’s name.  Give a brief idea of what is going on in your book in this first paragraph, but remember NO SPOILERS!  Your second paragraph should address one or more of the following thinking stems that help you be an active reader:

Synthesizing:
1.  At first I thought___________ but now I’m thinking_____________because …
2.  I’m changing my thinking again because…
3.  I think the lesson or theme is____________ because…
4. These events have caused me to believe…
Example Below: 
Hello Class,
I recently began reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  This book is about a group of boys who are trapped in a field of sorts that they refer to as “The Glade.”  The Glade is surrounded by a maze filled with cyborg type monsters.  All of these boys have lost all memories other than their first names.  The main character is Thomas.  He is that last boy who comes up the elevator shaft that leads into the Glade.
The problem is no one can get out.  However, there is a girl named Theresa who shows up in the Glade and she knows Thomas.  These events have caused me to believe that maybe Thomas is not a victim like the other boys in the Glade.  It seems that Thomas and Theresa can be in charge of everything.  They keep talking about how WICKED is good as if they know who WICKED is.  I can’t wait to find out what the mystery is behind the maze.
Thanks for reading,
Student X