Monday, September 12, 2011

Summer Reading Essay Comment Instructions

Writers need readers. As a way to give your summer reading essay an audience beyond myself, I would like you to read and respond to your classmates’ summer reading essays. 
Accelerated English 12 students should read and respond to three Accel 12 essays.
College English 9 students should read and respond to two College 9 essays.
All students should answer the following four questions for each of the essays they read:

I - Describe your personal reaction to the story. How do you feel after reading it? What do you remember? What images do you see? What concepts or ideas are in your head? What did the story make you think about?
II. What aspect of the setting did you feel was best described? When did the writer use elements of strong description? Pick a line that you liked, copy and paste it into the comment box, put quotes around it, and explain why you thought it was well done.
III - Did the conversation between the two characters seem authentic? What details, specifically, made the characters seem real and natural? If the character's dialogue was not believable, what is one thing the author could have done to make it better?

IV - Find one thing about the essay that you found distracting or problematic. This could be anything from improper use of dialogue, misused words (your vs. you're, it's vs. its, their vs. there), run-on sentences, sentence fragments, subject/verb agreement, simple word usage, boring verbs, etc. Then, offer the writer a piece of advice that he/she might consider for future writing assignments. This should be phrased constructively (try doing ------- next time, consider --------) or inquisitively (what do you think would happen if you -------------?)

Comments, in total, should be four paragraphs long (one paragraph for each question). Your comments should appear below the story you are responding to on your classmates’ blogs.
Comments should be posted by the start of class on Tuesday, Sept. 13th.
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