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Reader Response Journal Cafe

Reader Response Journal Cafe

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Published by Rob Melton
These prompts help students discover and react to the elements of literature as they choose questions from the Appetizers, Main Menu, and Desserts menu. Designed to print on one two-sided sheet of 8.5x11 inch paper, the sheet can be folded and stored in the back of a composition notebook for easy reference. A great way to help students develop their confidence in writing about and discussing works of literature. Organized around the five elements of literature -- People, Plot, Place, Point, Perspective -- these prompts are useful and reusable prompts for daily warm-up activities.
These prompts help students discover and react to the elements of literature as they choose questions from the Appetizers, Main Menu, and Desserts menu. Designed to print on one two-sided sheet of 8.5x11 inch paper, the sheet can be folded and stored in the back of a composition notebook for easy reference. A great way to help students develop their confidence in writing about and discussing works of literature. Organized around the five elements of literature -- People, Plot, Place, Point, Perspective -- these prompts are useful and reusable prompts for daily warm-up activities.

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Dinner MenuChefRob Melton
APPETIZERS
1.
 First Reaction:
 What is your first reaction or response to the literature? Describe or explain it briefly. What have you heard about it or what do you know about it or bring to it (if anything)? What are you looking forward to in studying it?2.
Feelings:
 What feelings did the literature awaken in you? What eotions did you fell?!.
Perception:
 What did you see happening in the literature? ".
Paraphrase:
 #etell it briefly.$.
Associations:
 What eory does the literature call to ind%of people& places& events& sights& sells& or even of soething ore abiguous& perhaps feelings or attitudes?'.
Thoughts, Ideas:
 What idea or thought was suggested by the literature? xplain it briefly..
Selection:
 *pon what& in the literature& did you focus intently%what word& phrase& iage& idea? +.
Importance:
 What is the ost iportant word in the literature? What is the ost iportant phrase or iage? What else is iportant?,.
Problems:
What is the ost difficult word in the literature? What is there in the literature that you have trouble understanding?1-.
Author:
 What kind of person do you iagine the author to be& or with what you know about this author& how is hisher life and style reflected in the literature?11.
Response:
/ow did you respond to the literature eotionally or intellectually? Did you feel involved with the literature& or distant fro it?12.
Evaluations:
 Do you think this is a good piece of literature? Why or why not?1!.
Literar Associations:
 Does this literature call to ind any other literary work (prose& play& fil& story& novel& genre& etc.)? 0f it does& what is the connection you see between the?1".
!riting:
 0n writing about this literature& upon what would you focus? Would you write about soe association or eory& soe aspect of the text itself& about the author or about soe other atter?
"AI# $%&RSES
Place—setting
1$. What is the setting%tie& place& situation& environent? /ow do you know? What clues of setting are provided& if any? 1'.ould the literature be as effective in another setting? 1.Does the setting play a aor role? 1+.0s there anything universal about the setting?1,. 0s there a unity of tie and place& or does the story change fro tie to tie and fro place to place? 2-. 3f what siilar scenes in other works does the setting reind you?21. What are your feelings about the setting? Would you like to live in this place?22. /ow does the societyenvironent of the literature differ fro your world? Which world do you prefer? Why? 2!. Describe the exposition of the literature.
People—characters
2". 0s the characteri4ation effective?2$. 5re the characters stereotypes? 6tatic or dynaic? 7lat or round? 2'. 0s the character otivation valid?2. 0s there a clear protagonist? 2+. 0s there a clear antagonist? 2,. Do aor characters change in any way in the story?!-. 5re the characters consistent? Do they ever behave in an incredible& inconsistent anner?!1. /ow would you have acted differently fro the way any of the characters acted during crucial points in the story?!2. Which characters reind you of soeone you know? /ow? !!. Which character reinds you of yourself? Why?!". opare a character to another character in literature.!$. Discuss a character you adire& like or dislike. 6how why. !'. 8ive reasons for a character9s behavior (speculate as to the causes for the behavior). !. 0n the for of an autobiographical coent& exaine the positive values of a character. !+. Write a biographical sketch of a character.!,. 6peculate about the behavior of one of the aor characters. xaine hisher part to support your ideas."-. What do you think were the causes which ade a character behave as heshe does? Why did heshe behave as heshe did?"1. #espond to :uestions about the character. (problesolution) "2. Do a character9s actions parallel anything in your own life? "!. What are your first ipressions about a character? Do these change as you study the literature? /ow?"". 0f you could talk to any character& whet would you say?"$. Which of the following tell you the ost about a character; What a character does? What a character says or thinks? What others say about the character? /ow others react toward the character? What the author tells you about character? 6upport with specific exaples."'. /ow is a character responsible for what happens to hiself or herself? ". Write an interior onologue for one character in one scene."+. hoose two characters to copare and contrast. ",. <rainstor& cluster or ap a character.$-. Write a detailed physical description of a character.$1. Discuss actors appropriate for characters in a fil version.
Plot—conflict 
$2. What are the internal conflicts? /ow are they resolved?
#eader #esonse afe
 
$!. What are the specific external conflicts (an vs. an& an vs. nature& an vs. hiself& an vs. achine& an vs. fate& an vs. society& etc.)? /ow are they resolved? $". What is the ain proble the protagonist faces? What is hisher ost iportant decision? 0s it a good one?$$. What is the source of conflict? 0s there ore than one conflict?$'. Discuss aor coplications in the rising action.$. What is the cliax of the story?$+. What happens during the falling action? Why is it iportant? $,. =ake a diagra of the plot.'-. 0s there ade:uate suspense or tension in the story or does your interest lag? Where? Why?'1. opare and contrast things that happen in the plot with your own experience or with plot events in other works.'2. oncisely suari4e what happens in the plot. '!. >redict what ight happen next. xplain why. '". oent on the structure of the plot.
Point—theme
'$. What general truth does the author see to be stating about huan nature?''. Discuss the thee(s) of the literature.'. Do you agree with the author9s feelings about huanity?'+. Does this work contain a essage& lesson or oral?',. Discuss an ideathesis in the literature you like or dislike. -. 8ive your interpretation of one of the thees. 1. 5rgue about ideas presented in the work. 2 Defend the different ideas presented in the work. !. xplain how you infer a thee fro the literature.
Perspective—style
". Do any of the incidents sea contrived and false?$. What parts are realistic or effective? Why?'. 0s the work realistic& naturalistic& roantic& surrealistic& etc.? . What is the author9s philosophy of life as reflected in the work?+. What is the work9s view of the nature of an& the universe& society?,. What ideas in the literature reind you of other works?+-. /ow do the ideastheses of the work reind you of your own life and philosophy?+1. hoose a passage you think is iportant and reflect about its eaning (reflection).+2. hoose a short passage to analy4e for style.+!. Write a short passage describing the style of the work.+". What are the key eleents of this author9s style? 8ive exaples.+$. oparecontrast this author9s style with another9s style. +'. Discuss& using concrete exaples& the author9s diction.+. Discuss& using concrete exaples& the author9s syntax.++. Discuss& using concrete exaples& the author9s use of dialogue. +,. 7ind and discuss effective figures of speech (siile& etaphor& personification& hyperbole& paradox& pun& etc.),-. 7ind and discuss effective exaples of versification (alliteration& consonance& assonance& onoatopoeia& rhye& repetition).,1. 7ind and discuss effective exaples of iagery (appeal to the five senses). ,2. Defend the author9s point of view (1st& 2nd& !rd person). What is it? Why is it effective? What are its liitations& if any? ,!. What is the author9s tone? 0s it effective and appropriate? ,". 7ind exaples of sybolis in the literature. ,$. Discuss the atosphere and ood of the literature.,'. Discuss the use of irony in the literature. ook for draatic& verbal and situational irony. ,. 7ind exaples of foreshadowing in the work. ,+. 7ind and explain allusions in the work.,,. What do you like or dislike about this author9s style?1--. What is your favorite passage in the work? opy and discuss.
'ESSERTS
1-1. 7ro what you know about the work& speculate and ake predictions about its outcoe.1-2. 0nterpret an iportant passage chosen by the teacher.1-!. ist :uestions about pu44ling passages.1-". opy your favorite passage fro a section of the literature and coent upon it.1-$. Discuss the relevance of a passage to the present or your own life.1-'. Discuss the iportance and relevance of the title.1-. Discuss the genre of the work. oparecontrast to other works of the genre.1-+. Discuss the contents of a passage in relation to its historical context.1-,. 6uari4e class discussions. 11-. valuate the work as a whole. /ow do all aspects work together? What doesn9t work? 111. #eflect upon the learning gained frog studying this work of literature. /ow has it changed your attitudes& ideas& insights& etc. 112. #eflect upon the work you have written in your log related to this literature. 11!. What changes would you suggest for this piece of literature? 11". What :uestions would you like to ask the author? 11$. Write about this work for different audiences.11'. What feelings did you experience in your study of this work? 11. Write a scene that could be added before during or after the work.11+. 6peculate on what ight happen in a se:uel or pre:uel. 11,. #elate the work to your own life.12-. What do you like ost about this literature? 121. What do you like least about this literature? 122. reate your own response ite and coplete it. 12!. reate a @Dialectical Aournal.B12". reate essay test ites using the @keyB words for essay tests. 5nswer these or exchange with another student for answers.12$.reate graphic interpretations of the literature.12'. reate audio or video cassettes related to the literature for presentation in class.12.reate group presentations& speeches& or readings.12+.reat a fortune line graphic of one of the characters.12,.reate a plot line graphic of key events in the story.1!-.reate parodies or satires of works of literature.1!1. reate letters to and fro characters or authors. Write an advice letter to a character or author after studying a work. 1!2. reate children9s books fro the original or fro thees. 1!!. Would you recoend this book to others? Co who? Why? 1!"./ow have you grown in knowledge or eotion fro this work?1!$.reate a storyboard and screenplay treatent for a fil based on what you read.1!'.reate a conteporary greeting card using a :uote& interesting use of type& andor a drawingphotograph.1!.reate a poster illustrating a line or passage.

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