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					Response to Literature

   How to develop your critical
   thinking and response to
   fiction works
How to read fiction:

  Look at the title
  Know about author
  Trace the plot development
  Think about author’s purpose
  Ask “What is the author’s free advice that
   I can apply in my own life? What can I
   learn by watching the character handle
   the conflict?”
Response to Literature

 1)   Not a summary
 2)   Shows your understanding of the story
      and your insight
 3)   Involves critical thinking
 4)   Involves providing support from the
      story for your insight
Next type of essay to write

  Response to Literature Essay
  A “Prompt” or question will be asked
  The writer has to develop a strong thesis
   or answer to the prompt.
  The thesis must be supported with
   evidence: facts from story, quotes, and
   adequate explanation
Strategies to develop a response
and insight:
  “Somebody wanted, but…so…” for
   summarizing the entire plot in a few
  “Most Important Word” to brainstorm
   theme or character traits
  Understand how to trace the plot of a
   story and do so while listening to story
  Know how to study literature
Most Important Word

 1. It is a strategy of identifying theme.
 2. Begin with a brainstorming tree
   using the title as the center circle.
 3. Brainstorm “concept” nouns.
   These are things that cannot be
   seen or touched!
Most Important Word (cont)

    These concept nouns are themes for
     the story:
     *adventure *love        *friendship
     *honesty     *integrity *courage
     *risk        *sacrifice *acceptance
     *discovery *survival *satisfaction
     *resourcefulness     *consequences

  Somebody (main character)
  Wanted (conflict introduced)
  But (conflict complicated)
  So (start of how character must overcome

     Helps writers to quickly give a preview of plot.
     Don’t give away the climax or ending!
Introduction paragraph

  Title
  Author
  Summary statement
  Thesis = Main focus for entire essay;
   what the writer will discuss and prove
   with support! The answer to the “prompt”
Body Paragraphs: 2, 3, 4

  Begin each with a strong topic sentence.
  Answer the prompt in your topic
  Provide proof from the story in the form
   of facts, examples, and quotes to
   support your topic sentence.
  Clearly explain and connect proof to
   topic sentence.
Conclusion: Be SMART!

  Restate your thesis in a thoughtful way.
  Show insight:
        What is the reader supposed to understand as a result of
         watching the main character resolve the conflict?
         What was the author’s purpose to his audience?
        How can a reader apply the lessons learned to his or her own life?

         This is the most important paragraph and
         often is a determiner between A and B
         grades! Think it through! Be SMART!
Insight: An analogy

  You = patient
  Author = doctor
  Insight = medicine or advice

     What advice can a reader apply to his or
     her own life?

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