Personal Response To Literature

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Personal Response To Literature

  1. 1. Blogging Your Journal
  2. 2. <ul><li>your feelings about a character </li></ul><ul><li>your impressions of the story </li></ul><ul><li>any similarities and differences the story might have to your own life </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>include an introduction that names the literary work and clearly states your overall response to it </li></ul><ul><li>tell enough about the literature so that readers can understand your response </li></ul><ul><li>contain clearly described, specific reactions and responses to the literary work </li></ul><ul><li>support your statements with quotations and details from the story </li></ul><ul><li>summarize the response in the conclusion </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>As you read write down your reaction to your current reading. </li></ul><ul><li>As you read jot down the names, actions & traits of characters that most affect you. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about whether you have had similar experiences to the ones described in the story. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Focus your response according to the posted question Decide whether you are asked to respond to: the entire story to a character to a particular event or to the author’s style Think about the scene that most impressed you. Did it remind you of your own life? What did it make you think or feel?
  6. 6. How familiar is your audience with the story you are discussing? What will they need to know in order to understand your response?
  7. 7. As you read, write your personal response in your reading log. State your feelings, thoughts, reactions, and questions about situations, ideas, actions, characters, settings, symbols, plots, themes, and any other elements in the story. You can't be wrong in your responses, so take risks and be honest . Write about what you like and dislike, what seems confusing or unusual to you. Tell what you think something means. Make predictions about what might happen later. Relate your personal experiences which connect with the plot, characters, or setting. Don't just summarize the plot. Let me hear your voice. These starters are simply suggestions for you to use. Remember your response journal is a place to record your reactions and questions, not a place to simply summarize what you've read. Sometimes a summary will be necessary to get your point across. After you read the selection, ask yourself these questions. Decide which would make the best entry from your response journal. You may certainly use other ideas of your own. Just make sure you include more than just a summary of what is happening. Support your summaries with what you are feeling as you read your book. Doing this will help you get the MOST from your book.
  8. 8. <ul><li>What you liked or disliked and why </li></ul><ul><li>What you wish had happened </li></ul><ul><li>What you wish the author had included </li></ul><ul><li>Your opinion of the characters </li></ul><ul><li>Your opinion of the illustrations, table and figures </li></ul><ul><li>What you felt as you read </li></ul><ul><li>What you noticed when you read </li></ul><ul><li>Questions you have after reading </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>I wonder what this means when/where </li></ul><ul><li>I really don't understand this part </li></ul><ul><li>I really like/dislike this idea because </li></ul><ul><li>This character reminds me of somebody I know because </li></ul><ul><li>This character reminds me of me because </li></ul><ul><li>This character is like (name of the character) in (title of book) because </li></ul><ul><li>I think this setting is important because </li></ul><ul><li>This scene reminds me of a similar scene in (title of book) because </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>I like/dislike this writing because </li></ul><ul><li>This part is very realistic/unrealistic because </li></ul><ul><li>I think the relationship between ______ and ______ is interesting because </li></ul><ul><li>I like/dislike (name of character) because </li></ul><ul><li>This situation reminds me of a similar situation in my own life. It happened when </li></ul><ul><li>The character I most admire is ______ because </li></ul><ul><li>If I were (name of character) at this point, I would </li></ul>
  11. 12. Tell us the most interesting thing about the book you are currently reading. How/why did you choose it? Make your post at least 3 sentences long. My favorite book is A Child Called it. He went through everything you could think of. If you like true stories, and don’t mind reading something depressing then I request you to read this book.
  12. 13. Tell us the most interesting thing about the book you are currently reading. How/why did you choose it? Make your post at least 3 sentences long. The book I am currently reading is the third book, Eclipse, in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. So far it is my favorite book in the series because it has action and romance at the same time without being overly cheesy. It is very interesting because the things that tend to happen are usually the things you wouldn’t expect. I chose to read it because I’ve read the first two books in the Twilight series and really liked them.
  13. 14. <ul><li>Parts of this slideshow adapted from materials found at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/1886.html </li></ul><ul><li>Additional sections suggested by teacher materials associated with McDougal Littell’s Language of Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Created 11/04/08 by L.G. Messer http://readingdramaqueen.wordpress.com/ </li></ul>

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