5th Grade - Writing Responses To Literature

 
     
 
     
 
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Stories and Literature
Writing responses to literature
Write responses to literature: Demonstrate an understanding of a literary work. Support judgments through references to the text and to prior knowledge. Develop interpretations that exhibit careful reading and understanding.
After reading literature, be able to: - react to it positively or negatively - summarize the story elements such as plot, main characters, setting, and author’s writing techniques - find support for your opinion of the book, from inside the text and from outside sources like your prior knowledge - provide thoughtful recommendations to the author and other readers.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What are the four main components you need to include in your response to literature? (Reaction, Summary, Support, and Recommendation)

(2)

On page 12, the author points out that….” is an example of Reaction, Summary, Support, or Recommendation? (Support)

(3)

True or False: Responses to literature are usually four or five paragraphs long. (true)

(4)

True or False: When you write a response to literature, you should include the book’s title and author. (true)

(5)

True or False: When you write a response to literature, you should be able to support your judgment of the book by including references to other books and references to your personal experiences or prior knowledge. (true)

Learning Tips

(1)

Vocabulary


Story elements- components of a story such as plot, characters, theme, and setting.

Reflection- to think about or carefully consider

Reaction- the way you feel in response to something you experienced

Summarize- to tell the important points


(2)

Movie Reviews


Have you ever looked up a movie review to see whether a movie is worth your time and money to go sees? Movie critics write responses to movies for a living.

Find several movie reviews in the newspaper or online (rottentomates.com has many). Think about how critics watch a movie and respond or voice their opinions, reactions, and feelings about the movie.

Do they give away the whole plot? Of course not! But can you get a feeling for whether or not they liked the movie and whether or not they think the people who made the movie did a good job?

Analyze what they say to learn how to write your own responses, whether to movies or literature.


(3)

Think… Like? and Write!

In a response to literature, you think about the book, decide what you liked about it, and write about it. Your share your thoughts and can focus on the characters, plot, or the theme of the story. You also include details from the book to support your opinion. What’s an easy way to remember to do these things?


R.S.S.R., which stands for:


React, Summarize, Support, and Recommend


First you reflect on what you have read, you react to it in that you either like it or dislike it, and you respond by writing your opinion, using details from the literature to support it.

You need to make sure you answer all these essential questions:

Summary: What is it about?

Reaction: What do you like or dislike?

Support: What are key events to support it

Recommendation: What is your recommendation?


(4)

Questions to Guide Your Response to Literature

Answer the following questions to help you think of what to include in your response to literature.

1. What was your favorite (or least favorite) part of the story?

2. Has anything like this ever happened to you?

3. Does this story remind you of any other story you know?

4. What questions do you have about this story?

5. Did anything in this story surprise of puzzle you?

6. If you could be one of the characters in this story, which one would you be?

7. Is there anything in this story you would change if you were the author?

8. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

(5)

Get Organized!

Fill in this graphic organizer as you read to help you plan for your response to literature:


Title of Book:

Think: What is the book about?

Like: What do you like or dislike about the book?

Write: Fill in the columns below to help you write your response.


Question



Answer


Detail

Introduction Paragraph


Reaction




Main Idea:


Body Paragraphs


Summary of Key Events in the book

Setting:


Major Characters:


Problem:

Give specific details or examples from the story:

Respond by drawing on knowledge beyond the book

Similar life experiences:


Prior Knowledge:


References to other works:

Give specific details or examples that relate to you:

Conclusion Paragraph


Recommendation

Your recommendation, opinion, and feelings about the book or author:






Extra Help Problems

(1)

True or False: When we respond to literature, we can enhance our understanding of text by making connections from one text to another as well as relating ideas, themes, and events to ourselves and our world. (true)

(2)

True or False: As you craft responses to literature, you will understand more clearly what you like or dislike in books. (true)

(3)

True or False: When you write a response to literature, you should citing specific examples of evidence by quoting from the book. (true)

(4)

True or False: When you write a response to literature, you should just write what you think and not include quotes from the book. (false)

(5)

True or False: When you write a response to literature, you should use all the writing skills you would use when writing any essay, such as carefully chosen words, figurative language, and varied sentence structures. (true)

(6)

True or False: To learn how to write a response to literature, it’s a good idea to read and analyze many examples of responses to literature. (true)

(7)

True or False: A movie critic who writes about films is doing something similar to what you do when you write a response to a book. (true)

(8)

True or False: When you response and evaluate text, you build a deeper understanding of it. (true)

(9)

True or False: When you respond to literature, you are determining what an author is saying and critiquing what is being said and how it is stated. (true)

(10)

True or False: When you respond to text, you take only a quick look at the surface of it. (false)

(11)

True or False: A response to literature is the same thing as a book report. (false)

(12)

True or False: In a more advanced response to literature, you can compare the print and film versions of a story. (true)

(13)

True or False: In response to literature, you should talk about the impact of literary devices that stand out for you, such as character, conflict, theme, imagery, and symbolism. (true)

(14)

You need to write a response to literature about a book whose subject is World War II. If you don’t know anything at all about World War II, is this going to be easy or difficult? (difficult)

(15)

You need to write a response to literature about a book whose subject is komodo dragons. If you don’t know much about komodo dragons, is this going to be easy or difficult? (difficult)

(16)

You need to write a response to literature about a book whose subject is dinosaurs. If you love dinosaurs and know a lot about them, is this going to be easy or difficult? (easy)

(17)

You need to write a response to literature about a book whose characters live in Ancient Japan. If you know very little about Ancient Japan, is this going to be easy or difficult? (difficult)

(18)

True or False: When writing a response to literature, you should include your personal opinion about the book. (true)

(19)

True or False: When writing a response to literature, you should include your personal experiences which are related to parts of the book. (true)

(20)

True or False: When writing a response to literature, you should support your personal opinions and experiences with specific details from the book. (true)

(21)

True or False: When writing a response to literature, you should include your personal opinion about the book but not give any supporting evidence from the book to explain why you feel that way. (false)

(22)

In my opinion…

On page 12, the author points out that….” is an example of Reaction, Summary, Support, or Recommendation? (Support)

(23)

In the first chapter, the author argues that…” is an example of Reaction, Summary, Support, or Recommendation? (Support)

(24)

Everyone should read this book because…. “ is an example of Reaction, Summary, Support, or Recommendation? (Recommendationt)

(25)

If I could change things I would…” is an example of Reaction, Summary, Support, or Recommendation? (Recommendation)

 

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