• Revision checklist

    8 point checklist to make sure that you earn 100% on the literary response essay!

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  • Rubric: Responding to Literature (Student Friendly)

    The purpose of this document is to communicate with parents and students in regard to the grading criteria that will be used for the Responding to Literature Essay. 

    Students have been assigned their prompts for this essay, differentiated based on standardized assessment data. 

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  • Outline: Literary Response Essay

    The purpose of this document is to communicate with parents and students in regard to the outline that will be used for the Responding to Literature Essay. 

    Please note that it does not include a specific point to include literary terms, however, the use of literary terms should be throughout the entire essay. 

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  • Graphic organizer for peer/self editing

    The purpose of this document is to ensure that the student is responding to the entire prompt with: appropriate thesis statement, 2 supporting points, 2 pieces of text evidence, 2 explanations, and 2 reflections on the meaning of the work as a whole.

    It includes a completed response (a bit silly) using a made up novel: Cookies for Cookie Monster.

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  • Support for Overall Meaning/Theme

    Please note that each book has many different possible themes/overall meanings. These websites provide a discussion for each suggested theme. The topics listed do not include a theme statement. Remember a theme is the author's message about a topic. 
     
    HATCHET
    A WRINKLE IN TIME
    THE LIGHTNING THIEF
    WALK TWO MOONS
    THE WEE FREE MEN

     

    Students should not copy anything from these websites (that would be plagiarism)- these are for understanding, not for evidence to use on the essay.
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  • Support for Thesis Statement writing

    The purpose of this document is to support students who are struggling with writing their thesis statements for their rough drafts. A paper copy was distributed to all students, 10.22-10.24. 

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  • Terms to Use List

    This document is to provide students with guidance on the use of literary terms.

    I have also included terms that can be used to describe the relationships between a part and the whole of the novel. 

    All students should check this list prior to submitting their final drafts. 

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  • Student Example: Excellent- Hatchet

    This essay answers the following topic for Hatchet:

    Many works of literature feature characters who have been given a literal or figurative gift. The gift may be an object, or it may be a quality such as uncommon beauty, significant social position, great mental or imaginative faculties, or extraordinary physical powers. Yet this gift is often also a burden or a handicap. Select a character from your novel who has been given a gift that is both an advantage and a problem. Then write a well-developed essay analyzing the complex nature of the gift and how the gift contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

     

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  • Student example: Excellent

    This is an excellent example of a student's final draft on the essay topic: 

    Write an expository response to the novel, The Wee Free Men:

    1. Explain how internal or external forces cause one character from the novel to grow or change. CHOOSE a character and internal or external.

    I especially like the use of in-text parenthetical citations, and correct punctuation for quoted evidence. Please include chapter numbers in the parenthesis as well.

    The insightful statement of the meaning of the novel in the conclusion demonstrates depth of thinking about the text: "In life, sometimes you need to stop putting roadblocks in the way so that you can accept the way things truly are, and if you do this, you can be happier with the things you were trying to keep locked away."

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  • Student example: Proficient

    This is a proficient example of a student's final draft on the essay topic: 

    Write an expository response to the novel, The Wee Free Men:

    1. Explain how internal or external forces cause one character from the novel to grow or change. CHOOSE a character and internal or external.

    I especially like the use of correct punctuation for quoted evidence. 

    Some things that stand out that kept this from an excellent example: "No matter what anybody else thought she decided to make the right decision and stick with her gut feeling."- this statement did not connect with the previous supporting point because it does not give any example of another person's judgment of the main character. 

    In the conclusion, it states: "Many challenges were faced by Tiffany, but she continued to show that if you have a goal, then you should strive to achieve it. Abraham Lincoln once said, 'Dont worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.' Readers of this book should learn that even if you feel that you can't do something, you should always try." These three sentences do not connect in their messages. 

    Proficient evidence and explanation:  "'My brother! My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take these things, because they are mine!' This is a great example of Tiffany taking full responsibility over her brother and Roland. Tiffany risked her whole life just to save two people." This is not precise. She does not just save two people because she lists the land and world (including many people) as aspects that belong to her. 

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