Last year we began having students complete this section and we incorporated more writing during our Reader's Workshop.
We've been working with making connections. I read, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and paused right where Mr. Slinger took her purse away. In their notebooks students had to write a connection on a time when they got in trouble!
I love when they read their responses. Some crack me right up with how blunt they are and with hearing the voice in their writing.
Here are some examples.