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24 Other Responses to Literature

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Start-Up Activity

Read aloud and discuss page 173. Be sure that students understand the special relationship between reading and writing—writing about their reading helps them appreciate and understand it more fully. At the end of your discussion, ask students if they can think of other ways to respond to literature (in art, music, design, performance, cooking, etc.).  

Think About It

“What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.”

—Samuel Goldwyn

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Responding in a Reader-Response Journal and With a Poem

During your discussion of the reader-response entry, remind students that their own entries should freely explore their personal thoughts and feelings about a text. They can make connections with the text, ask questions, consider themes, note likes and dislikes, etc. Be sure to model forming a response before having students try one on their own. (Some English Language Learners may have had few experiences with any forms of personal writing.)

During your discussion of the poem response, point out that the sample contains a series of rhyming couplets (pairs of lines). Refer students to “Invented Forms of Poetry” on pages 207–208 for ideas for poem responses.

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Responding with a Letter

Use the side notes as a basic guide when you discuss the response letter. These notes explain the beginning, middle, and ending parts.  Point out that this sample follows the friendly-letter format. (See pages 238–238 for the business-letter format.) Be sure to model this type of response before you ask students to develop letters of their own. Also help them find the appropriate addresses to send their letters.

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