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Response to Literature. There is a MAJOR difference between a book report and a response to literature. Book report = summarize Response to literature = analyze . There IS a difference… Definitions from http://dictionary.reference.com.

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response to literature
Response to Literature
  • There is a MAJOR difference between a book report and a response to literature.
  • Book report = summarize
  • Response to literature = analyze
there is a difference definitions from http dictionary reference com
There IS a difference…Definitions from http://dictionary.reference.com

Summarize = to present briefly; state or express in a concise form

Analyze = to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements; to examine carefully and in detail

your task when writing a response to literature
Your task when writing a response to literature:
  • Present an argument about a literary aspect of the text
  • Provide specific examples to prove to your reader that your argument is credible and solid
step 1 introduction
Step 1: Introduction
  • Attention getter – Get your reader’s attention with one of the following methods:
      • Rhetorical question
      • Relevant quote from the story
      • Relevant quote from an outside source
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Step 1: Introduction
  • Necessary information:
      • Author’s name
      • Title of work (book titles should be underlined, short stories, plays and poems go in quotation marks)
      • Brief, very brief, summary of plot that leads up to your thesis – Only summarize information that will be needed for the remainder of the paper
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STEP 1: INTRODUCTION
  • Thesis – The argument of the paper that will be supported in the body through specific examples from the literature
examples of poor thesis statements
Examples of poor thesis statements:
  • Very weak, no focus, leads to a summary: Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is a great play.
  • Better, but still lacking analysis: In “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller tells about the Salem Witch Trials.
example of a strong thesis statement
Example of a strong thesis statement:
  • It is better to fail with honor than succeed as a fraud is the theme in The Crucible by Arthur Miller because John Proctor proves his honor by dying for a lie, admitting to his affair with Abigail, and continuing to stay true to Elizabeth Proctor.
  • Thesis statements must include:
    • A literary element you are arguing
    • Author/Text
    • The proof (the main reasons why the literary element you are arguing exists)
step 2 body
Step 2: Body
  • Construct body paragraphs that have a consistent topic and strive to support your thesis
  • Present specific quotes and examples from the text to help explain your argument
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Step 2: Body

A formula to consider…

  • Topic sentence
  • Introduce quote/support from literature
  • Quote/support
  • Analyze the quote/support
quotes
Quotes

“Quoting involves taking a word, phrase, or passage directly from the story, novel, or essay and working it grammatically into your discussion.” (OWL at Purdue)

Example: When John Proctor says, “God is dead,” he means that everything within the proceedings is false pretences (Miller 10).

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Quotes
  • Notice the citation at the end of the following example:

Example: When John Proctor says, “God is dead,” he means that everything within the proceedings is false pretences (Miller 10).

  • Your paper MUST include page citations! Failure to use these citations will result in a failing grade.
step 3 conclusion
Step 3: Conclusion

Respect the 4 Rs…

  • Review, or briefly summarize, your main points. This should only take 1-2 sentences.

2. Restate your thesis. Restate, not rewrite, the original point you were trying to make.

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Step 3: Conclusion

3.Relate all of your sentences back to your original thesis.

4.Round offyour paper with a clincher. Your last sentence should be strong and powerful. This is the final chance you have to convince your reader of your idea.

final thoughts
Final thoughts:
  • You are providing an analysis, not a summary. However, you still need accuracy when discussing the plot.
  • Poor grammar/spelling attacks your credibility with your reader.
  • Formal papers of this nature require a 3rd person point-of-view (No “I”) unless you are in the This I Believe section.
  • Must be written in present tense.
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