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Introduction to Writing a Formal Response to Literature

Learners will follow the entire process from reading a novel of their choice while practicing the process of filling in info. on a graphic organizer and then using that information as textual evidence as learners write the Response Essay.
Mike P
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Completed by 4 learners
year olds
learners per class

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Meets 2x per week
Over 2 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will gain skills in the following areas:
* Taking high quality specific notes and quotes using a graphic organizer while reading a novel.
*Writing a formal essay response to literature
*Backing up all written ideas with textual evidence
*literary technique possibly including  concepts such as metaphors, alliteration, hyperbole,personification, simile , onomatopoeia, foreshadowing, cliffhanger, flashback, symbolism
*Connecting aspects / events / characters/ themes etc from the book to  areas such as real life, another text or form of media, history
* Writing an opinion of the novel while being specific and objective and sharing textual evidence to back up ideas.
*Following directions for the four paragraphs in the essay
*Choosing each word, topic sentence, sentence formation and examples so every word matters to the reader and makes a large impact.
*Process of editing and revision

After Class 1: read 1/2 of novel while using graphic organizer.
After Class 2: read 2nd 1/2 of novel while using graphic organizer
After  Class 3:  Writing paragraphs 1 and 2 using or some other program on computer
After Class 4: complete any remaining parts of paragraphs 3 and 4 and editing and revision
Please bring a unread age and class appropriate novel to class to use as the basis for the entire class. Make sure the novel is not too long , based on additional classes or other events you may have going on. A pdf packet will be sent to you a few days before class. Bring it to class and don't work on it ahead. It will have everything we need for the class.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Mike PThird fifth sixth grade teacher
539 total reviews
748 completed classes

About Me

There is nothing more exciting than when you see a student think deeply, question ideas, share a knew thought, or explore the meaning of the character’s action/ decision or a quote  or a purpose the author had when writing a novel. Helping... 
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