Responding to Reading Literature

Elements of Fiction

An online interactive review of the elements of fictionElements of Fiction handout.

BOOKMARK with key ideas for the reading lessons above.

Plot Roller Coaster

Before, During, After Reading
How to Ask for Help

Creating Questions about your reading:

Discussing, Reading and Writing About Texts

Example reading responses:


Lesson 1: Going inside stories and  considering overlooked details. Inferential Reading Look for inferences in a text. Inference Equation What do they suggest? Inference Umbrella
Developing provocative ideas
Lesson 2: Setting. Analyze how setting shapes characters and plot. Predictions.
Lesson 3: Paying attention to characters.  Analyzing Traits  Characterization: what dialogue, character’s thoughts, actions and what others say about them tell us about the character. Pyramid
Lesson 4: Elaborating on your ideas about characters. Seeing connections: text, self, world. Character Study   Compare Self to Character Feelings Map
Lesson 5: Character shift/change. Flat vs. round characters. Character relationships and conflict. conflict types  Noticing transitions. LOOKING FOR CHANGES

Various Ways to Respond to Literature

Reading Response Rubric

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