Literary Response Options

Below are a variety of ways that you can respond to literature. Each time we meet, prepare ONE of these roles and record your notes in this journal. Make sure your response relates to the CHAPTERS you read for homework. In your journal, please include at least four detailed sentences for each response (unless you were the illuminator). Follow the directions under the response you choose. Finally, vary your responses so that you get the chance to do a different type of response each time your group meets. You may use the checklist to help you remember which roles you have already done.

The predictor’s job is the guess what might happen in future chapters based upon what you read in the chapters for homework. Explain WHY you made your predictions. You may choose to make a few predictions for this role.

The connector’s job is to explain what you have in common with a character or situation in the book. Please be specific about something that happened in the CHAPTERS you read for homework. (Don’t say, “Ginger is a dog and I have a dog,” or “Rachel is a girl and I’m also a girl.” Be more specific by saying something like, “Ginger was able to sleep peacefully through the storm in the chapter, which is interesting because my dog Sallie also sleeps through storms. This surprises me because…etc.”) You may instead choose to relate this book to something else, such as another book, a movie, something in history, or a friend’s life.

Passage Picker
The passage picker’s job is to find a passage (1 to 4 paragraphs) that was moving to you in some way. Maybe it was emotional, important, or gave a clue to something that might happen later. Your job is to write down the page number of the passage you chose, and write down why you decided that this passage was important. During sharing time, read the passage aloud to your group. Then
explain to them why you chose that particular passage.

Book Jumper
The book jumper’s job is to “jump” into the book by choosing to be one character from the book. Explain what decisions you would make as that character that are the SAME as the ones the character actually made, and which decisions you would make that are DIFFERENT from the ones the character actually made.

The illuminator carefully and colorfully illustrates something that occurred in the chapters you read for homework. In at least TWO sentences (you do not have to write four since you drew a picture), describe what part you illustrated, and why you illustrated that part.

Author Critique
The author critique’s job is to compliment or give criticism to the author’s writing style. You may choose to explain what you like about the author’s writing style and/or what you don’t like. You may also choose to explain how YOU would change parts of the text if you were the editor to the author’s text. Would you add more details? Take away details? Use different vocabulary?

As the wonderer, you will write down FOUR statements or questions that begin
with the words “I wonder…” or “What if…” The statements and questions
MUST be related to the chapters you read for homework. Some starters may be:
- I wonder if…
- I wonder why…
- I wonder what would have happened if…
- I wonder who….
- I wonder when…
- What do you think would have happened if…
- What if…?
- What if _ never happened?
- What if _ decided to…?
- What if _ told _ about…?
- Etc.

The complimentor’s job is to compliment the characters for their excellent
character. For example, perhaps a character showed exemplary signs of leadership, friendship, loyalty, trust, honesty, compassion, love, respect, responsibility, etc. Praise the character in the story for this. If you were their parent, teacher, or a police officer, how would you reward them?

Character Critique
The character critique’s job is the critique the characters for their BAD representation of character. For example, perhaps a character showed signs of greed, rage, revenge, hatred, dishonesty, disrespect, irresponsibility, self-centeredness, etc. Reprimand the character in the story for their inappropriate behavior. If you were their parent, teacher, or a police officer, how would you punish them?

Mood Maker
Describe any emotional scenes in the story, and how they made you feel when you read them. For example, you may describe parts that were ecstatic, depressing, tense, suspenseful, scary, stressful, hilarious, etc. Then explain how you felt or reacted when reading those parts.

The charadist’s job is to find a part of the chapters you read that you would like to silently act out for your group. Your group members will try to guess which part you decided to act out. You may choose one other person to help you act it out if you need help. Try to choose a part that is not too obvious, but that is not too difficult to guess. In your journal, describe the scene you decided to act out. Then explain your reason for choosing that part.

Word Expert
Become an expert on a new word that you read in the chapters for homework. Make sure it is a word you don’t know. Teach your group this word by writing down the word, the page number on which you found the word, a definition for the word, and a small illustration to explain the word. When you present this word to your group, teach it to them like you are a real teacher. Read it to them in context, and try to have them guess what the word means. Then continue by sharing what you included in your journal.

The questionnaire’s job is to ask “thick” or “fat” questions to your group about the chapters you read for homework. Pose questions that you feel would encourage a thought-provoking discussion. Remember, “thick” or “fat” questions are questions that have more than one answer, and answers are not right or wrong. Use some of these starters for help:
- What would you do if…
- Do you think it was fair that…
- What would you have done if you were _ and…
will react when… - Why do you think decided to…
meant when he said… Scene Elaborator
The scene elaborator’s job is to explain in detail what happened during your favorite scene in the chapters you read for homework. What made this scene that made it stick out? What made the author particularly noteworthy in this scene? What did it remind you of? How did you react to the scene?

The poet’s job is to write a short poem (about 6 lines) about what happened in the chapters you read for homework. It does not have to rhyme, but it can. You may choose to add descriptions of your feelings toward what happened in the chapters.

The historian’s job is to describe what parts of the chapters you read for homework reflect appropriately upon history. What did you notice that made you realize this book was set around the 1920's? ((t was written in 1951)

Help Seeker
The help seeker’s job is to write down the things that confused you about the chapters you read for homework, and to ask your group for clarification. If your group also has difficulty explaining your questions, please ask your teacher for help and he/she will try to explain it to the entire group. __