Poem A Day:
Today we discussed how to properly Respond to Literature in my course. We read this article together as a class and briefly discussed our attitudes toward writing about what we read. Next, we reviewed the role of “conflict” in storytelling. We reviewed types of conflict typically found in literature.
Students were asked in the last class to bring a notebook in today for all of their English class work. I supplied composition notebooks for any students who could not afford one or couldn’t bring one for any reason.
After discussing my expectations for responses to literature, we practiced our first response to literature- the focus of this response is “Conflict”.
Students discussed their ideas about the central conflicts and it was interesting to see how differently students interpreted the conflicts and the characters in the story and their relationship. We had a whole discussion about reader-response theory which was cool and unexpected.