Blog 3.1 - Reader-Response Criticism

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Reader-Response Criticism is exactly what it suggests: your response to a reading.  Reading, however, can be visual, textual, or auditory.  It can also take the look of just about anything — could be a poem, could be an essay, could be a visual, graphic organizer.  For our purposes, though, it will be a DEDUCTIVE RESPONSE PARAGRAPH, which follows a distinct, tightly scripted pattern (see sidebar below).  This paragraph is designed to give your teacher insight into your observations about a text.

Pattern for Paragraph

  • Topic Sentence - Answers Prompt
  • Evidence of your Argument
  • Context (cause and effect)
  • Evidence for your Argument
  • Context (cause and effect)
  • Evidence for your Argument
  • Context (cause and effect)
  • Interpretation (what does the plot tell us about the subplot?)
  • Global Perspective (how does the lesson connect to the world you live within?)

For this assignment, we looked at the picture above and we came to some conclusions about the PLOT of the story.  For your reader response paragraph, answer the following question:

What does this reveal about the author’s archetypal thinking?











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