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Personal Response to TextsA personal response to texts is a way of using yourownknowledge and experiences todeepen your understanding of what you are reading.You make connections betweenthe world that you know and the ideas in the texts.On the diploma exam, the PRT (the first assignment) is also intended to help you toextend and clarify your understanding of the topic and to prepare you for thecritical/analytical response that you write afterward (the topics for both will beveryclosely related).For this reason, it is a good idea to read and reflect on the entire exambefore beginning the personal response assignment.Understanding the AssignmentIn the assignment, expect to be given:A topicA combination of text: poetry, fiction/non-fiction short story or novel excerpt, anda visual (photograph(s)/artwork)You are asked to write a personal response by discussing in prose your ideas andimpressions of the selections given.A topic is presented, but the personal reaction to the information belongs to you.Yourpoint of view, opinion, ideas, and impressions are all as valid as anyone else’s, so youshould discuss what is meaningful to you.What will make your personal responseexcellent is:The quality of your ideas;Providing detailed, relevant evidence or support for your interpretation;Explaining your understanding of that evidence and your interpretation in detail;Unifying your idea.

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Term
Fall
Professor
ElissaAsp
Tags
Writing, Short story, Character Journal

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