You will have a prompt to guide your writing. The prompt may ask you to:
- Describe characters and/or setting
- Explain major portions of the plot
- Identify the theme or the author’s message
- Write from a character’s point of view
- Explain a meaning of a poem
You must use evidence from the piece of literature to support your response. It is critical that you are able to “prove” that you are correct by using concrete details from the text (at least three examples from the story).
The topic sentence should be a restatement of the question and the name of the story should be included.
Here are some tools to help you write a great literary response:
- Check out this tutorial on how to write a literary response.
- Here is a Response to Literature Template, developed by a Lisa Dickey, a 4th grade teacher in Poway USD.
- Here is a Response to Literature Rubric to help you know the expectations and evaluate your writing.
- Here is another Response to Literature Rubric to help you.
- Take a look at this Response to Literature example for “Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing.”
- Here is the 2008 California Writing Standards Test in Grade Four – Response to Literature.
- Check out these Six Traits of Effective Writing.