Responding to a selection of literature is vital to your understanding and further writing about it.

Responding to a selection of literature is vital to your understanding and further writing about it. This is different from just answering questions and summarizing the plot. You need to keep a record of your reactions and those reactions with the class or your response group when necessary.
Following is a partial list of some of the things you might consider or make note of as you read or respond to literature. The word Text is used as a synonym for the selection of literature.
• Make notes on what you think is important in the text.
• Make notes on what you do not understand in the text.
• Make notes on what you agree or disagree with in the text.
• Look for connections between different parts of the text.
• Look for connections between the text and your own experiences.
• Look for connections between the text and other texts that you have read.
• Make notes about the meaning of a particular word, phrase, or sentence in the text.
• Look for examples in the text where something is expressed in an unusual way.
• Make notes about the possible motives for the actions of characters.
• Speculate on the overall meaning of the text.
• Midway through a text, try to predict what will happen next or what the conclusion will be.
• Look for similarities between the character and the real people you know.
• Record the way an incident in the text makes you feel. Try to speculate about why the text provoked this emotion.
• Look for examples of particularly effective language.
• Consider the literary terms you are familiar with—symbol, irony, point of view, setting, etc—and use them if you see any relationship between the term and your response to the text.
Text book: Text to Text writing about Literature for Tarrant County College. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017. Page 262-274. ” Young Goodman Brown”

 

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