Response to Literature

Response to Literature CAHSEE 2012 AGENDA 1. CAHSEE BOOKS 2. PURPOSE OF RESPONSE TO LITERATURE SCORING RUBRIC (In CAHSEE booklet) 3. EXAMPLE R TO L ESSAY- LETS ANNOTATE! 4. INTEGRATING QUOTES 5 GROUP ESSAY

ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. SPIRIT DAY ON FRIDAY! WEAR YOUR GROUP COLOR AND EARN 5 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS ON YOUR OWN QUIZ. 2. LITERARY TERMS QUIZ ON FRIDAY! Best overall average wins 5 extra team points! 3. TUTORING: TUTORING I am available at lunch and after school today, tomorrow and Friday. CAHSEE books

LETS START WITH THE BASICS WHAT IS A RESPONSE TO LITERATURE ESSAY? A response to literature is just that; it is your response to a story or poem. Things a R to L may ask you to do: Analyze a character Theme Use of figurative language WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING 1. Demonstrate that you understand

significant ideas of literary FOR? works. What are the main ideas? What is the author saying? Why is what the author is saying important? 2. Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references to the text or to other works. How do you know what the authors ideas are? Can you quote from the text to prove what you say? 3. Demonstrate awareness of the authors use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created. Did the author use figurative language? Give an example. Did the author use symbolism? How did he

use symbolism? Did the author use words that helped you see, smell, taste, hear, or feel the setting or scene? Did the author use words that made you angry or sad or excited or scared? 4. Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the text. This one sounds complicated, doesnt it. Dont Worry! You did this with Lord of the Flies. The best writers usually say something that make you think, makes you question, makes you wonder. Just go with it. Ask the questions. Try to figure it out. Dont look for a right answer. There may not be a right answer. LETS GO OVER HOW THEY SCORE YOUR ESSAY!

CAHSEE BOOKS! Page 116 MINGLE TELL ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU HAD TO FACE A FEAR. WHERE TO START: 6 steps to attack the writing prompt! BAM! Step 1- annotate In the story The Hiking Trip, the reader

learns about the main character, Jeff. Jeffs personality and emotions are revealed through the actions and dialog presented in the story. Write an essay in which you describe the personality and emotions of Jeff, the main character. How do his personal characteristics add to the events in the story? How does the author reveal this information about Jeff in the story? Use details and examples from the story to support your ideas. WHAT ARE THE OTHER

STEPS? USE SOME OF THE PROMPT IN YOUR INTRODUCTION! In the story The Hiking Trip, the reader learns about the main character, Jeff. Jeffs personality and emotions are revealed through the actions and dialog presented in the story. Write an essay in which you describe the personality and emotions of

Jeff, the main character. How do his personal characteristics add to the events in the story? How does the author reveal this information about Jeff in the story? Use details and examples from the story to support your ideas. The short story, The Hiking Trip, by ____________ reveals the main characters personality and emotion through his actions and dialogue. On a hiking trip, things take a turn for the worse when Jeffs brother is bitten by a snake. With the increase of pain his brother is facing, it is clear he needs immediate attention. Jeff and his father head out seeking help; however, Jeff has to complete this mission alone as his dad cannot make it up the rough terrain. As the only person with the ability to get help for his brother, Jeff is faced with the challenge of making it back to the road by himself in order to provide his brother

with the medical attention he needs. Looking beyond Jeffs fear, the reader learns that he is courageous, loving, and determined. Essay Organization Intro: Hook, Background, X,Y,Z Thesis Body 1: Evidence for X, include topic sentence and transitions Body 2: Evidence for Y, include topic sentence and transitions Body 3: Evidence for Z, include

topic sentence and transitions Conclusion The short story, The Hiking Trip, by _________reveals the main characters personality and emotion through his actions and dialogue. On a hiking trip, things take a turn for the worse when Jeffs brother is bitten by a snake. With the increase of pain his brother is facing, it is clear he needs immediate attention. Jeff and his father head out seeking help; however, Jeff has to complete this mission alone as his dad cannot make it up the rough terrain. As the only person with the ability to get help for his brother, Jeff is faced with the challenge of making it back to the road by himself in order to provide his brother with the medical attention he needs. Looking beyond Jeffs fear, the reader

learns that he is courageous, loving, and determined. First, the author gradually reveals Jeffs bravery through his actions. At first Jeff is afraid to hike down the canyon alone. Despite his self doubt, he is able to push through his fear and meet the challenge at hand."You're a hero, son. TO BE CONTINUED In addition, Jeffs actions show that he is loving. At the beginning of the story, Jeff is too frightened to find help for his brother. In fact, he even says, I dont even want to have courage! This shows how reluctant Jeff is to look beyond his own weaknesses in order to do what needs to be done. It is when his dad says, Then have enough love for your brother to think this through! that Jeff finds the motivation to take action. It is at this point that Jeff realizes that he has to do it to save his brothers life. This shows how his love for his brother has substituted for the courage that he didnt want to have. Furthermore, Jeff demonstrates determination. After overcoming his initial fear, Jeff finds the determination to pass his dad in his effort to save his brother. As Jeffs dad

grew smaller and smaller in the distance, Jeff perseveres to make the final steps on his own. Although he is breathless and alone, Jeff thinks, Cant stop. Marks in big trouble. Gotta keep going. This example demonstrates how, despite how challenging it is, he must keep going. If Jeff had not made the decision to hike down the canyon alone the outcome of the story may be entirely different. Jeffs perseverance played an enormous role in this story. Without it, he may have never tried or been able to save Mark. Ultimately, Jeff was able to push himself beyond what he thought was possible. His character traits caused him to do what was right and were the deciding point of his actions and later the outcome of the story. He had pushed himself to the limits trying to get help for Mark. His love for Mark had given him the will, the determination, and the courage to get over his fear and climb the mountain for help. Jeff faced his fear. In the end, the story shows how someone can overcome his fears in order to help others in

need. SAMPLE ESSAY THE HIKING TRIP WITH YOUR GROUP, READ THE SAMPLE ESSAY. WHAT DO YOU LIKE OR DISLIKE? Characterize Jeff Jeffs personality/emotions Evidence from the story Courageous At the beginning, he didn't think he

was courageous. Didn't want to be. Went on alone. "You're a hero, son." Loving Did it for his brother Marks in big trouble. Gotta keep going. Determined Kept going His chest was burning.

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