With this "Response to Literature Essay Writing" BUNDLE be confident teaching response to literature essay writing and share the confidence with your students so they excel at their writing too! I have personally had so much success using these tools in my own classroom for the last 15 years! Here is what is included in this 4-document (13 pages total) bundle:
1) Students gear up for response to literature writing by completing this "Supporting Evidence - Character Traits" worksheet. After reading a novel/story, students write about 1-3 characters, including traits, supporting evidence (citation with page numbers) from text, and explanations of how each citation supports each trait.
2) Response to Literature Essay writing is made simple step-by-step directions with writing prompt, including a 5-page (one page per paragraph) Response to Literature Essay Writing Packet (a great scaffold for struggling writers). Each page directs and explains to students what to include in each of the 5 paragraphs: Introduction, Body Paragraph 1-3, and Conclusion. This is especially helpful in using the first time students writing a response to literature (or poetry) essay!
3) The one-page "Response to Literature Essay Outline" is for students to brainstorm and organize their ideas for an essay on the theme of a novel, short story, or poem. (Also, includes a student's completed example with their final response to lit. essay!) The outline includes sections for: Title, Author, Theme, Introduction (attention-grabber, thesis statement, summary), Body (examples, citations/quotes, commentary), and Conclusion (restate thesis, sum up examples, insightful ending). Students will feel confident in their response to literature essay writing when using this outline and it will ensure that they include all of the necessary components in their final essay.
4) Students edit and revise their own or a peer's essay using the Revision worksheet for Response to Literature. Students may use gel pens to make editing, rating, and revising exciting!
Enjoy and happy writing!