Response to Literature:
How to write a great
What is Response to
Whenever you read non-fiction (A
paragraph, a book, a passage, a short
story) and have to talk about it, you
are responding to literature.
There are 2 critical
The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a mystery that only Melinda knows who
the true criminal is. Small clues throughout the story caused me to think of different
possibilities of past events. I think the main reason the author wrote this story is t
1. How would you describe Bree? Is this the same way that Kristina would describe
her? Where did Bree come from?
I would describe Bree as the courageous, quick-witted, and fanciful version of Kristina. I feel that
Kristina would describe her in the same w
Crank by Ellen Hopkins was a powerful and moving novel about drug use and relationships. The
main character, Kristina, developed a new personality through the events of the story. She
started as a shy, independent teenager with a wide range of maturity. I
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher was both inspiring and moving. In the beginning of
the novel, I was blind to the thought of how much starting a swim team with a couple
teenagers would become such a consequential result.T.J. Jones feelings and thoughts
The night was a blur,
dark and snowy.
Sleep settled quickly
being in the backseat alone.
I closed my eyes but
awoke to the violent push of gravity.
My fists clenched,
my body stiffened,
my neck whipped side to side.
Sparkles and stars flew through the air
The characters in Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson were greatly profiled
through choice of words and actions. The author uses the problem of spray painting the
school the year before to cause future conflicts within school. The story holds together
My child would sleep with me at my parents house, which would be free of charge.
Day Care: $800 a month
Transport: $149 (car seat) $129 (stroller)
Entertainment: $59.99 (bouncer) $129.99 (stationary entertainer)
Food: $23.49 (formula)
1. How does setting play a role in this story? (Especially think about this question in
relation to T.J.s race)
T.J. Jones race, I think, brings matters just worse than they already would have been. But
because he is darker, he is more of a target in a sc
Should Be Banned
Should Not Be Banned
people are separated because of popularity
instead of equality
prevents specific cliques and popularity
behavior involving physical force intended to
hurt or damage someone
inspires natural talents: hobbies, ar
1. articulation p. 5
educated guess: expresses themselves well
dictionary: adjective of articulate: uttered clearly in syllables
sentence: The guest speaker was very articulate to his audience.
2. nondescript p. 47
educated guess: lacking description with
Melinda was an
stayed low and
through school. Her
not being the bright,
she really is.
Tyler is displaced
because of his
Bobby and his life has changed greatly over the course of the novel, The First Part
Last written by Angela Johnson. His daily routine of going to school, messing around
with friends, and getting into trouble around town quickly t