Response to Literature A response to literature is a reader’s reaction to any aspect of a literary work. Some responses are formal and academic, and other are informal and personal.
Characteristics • Your response to literature should have the following characteristics: • A response to significant ideas in a poem, story, essay, or other piece of literature. • Accurate, detailed references to the text or other works. • References to personal and literary allusions, quotations, and other examples. • An effective and logical organization plan. • A conclusion or an evaluation that sums up your response.
Prewriting 1. Choose a Topic: The best topic for a response to literature is a work about which you have strong ideas. Use listing to generate ideas. Write down the names of characters in stories and poems about whom you have the most to say. Review your list, and choose as your topic a character or a work that you find most intriguing.
Prewriting 2. Gather details: Make sure you have enough details to fuel your writing. You might want to use the technique of hexagonal writing. A hexagon is a six-sided figure that can be used to explore six aspects of a work of literature.
Prewriting 3. Consider your audience: Identify your audience, and assess their interests and knowledge about your topic. Choose details that will appeal to your readers.
Drafting 1. Draft a thesis statement: Review your notes and consider the main point you want to make about the piece of literature. Then, write a thesis statement to summarize your idea. Include the thesis in your introduction.
Drafting • Organize your response: Follow a logical organization plan as you draft. A compelling response to literature is typically organized in three parts, as shown on the next slide.
Drafting Organize your response: 1. Introduction -State your thesis -Summarize your main points -Give an overview of the literary piece 2. Body -Elaborate on your thesis. -Give details—quotations, anecdotes, and examples—to support your thesis. 3. Conclusion -Restate your reaction to the literary piece.
Drafting 3. Elaborate: Support your response with specific references to the work or to other sources. You might refer to significant ideas, such as theme or character, or to specific details, such as stylistic devices, tone, or mood. If you use quotations, enclose them in quotation marks and indicate the source.