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91 Ways to Respond to Literature

91 Ways to Respond to Literature

This site is an excellent source for ideas on how to write responses to (or create projects for) literature. It has been around for a long time, and I have used it many times in my classroom.


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Jessica Hoover
Jessica Hoover (Faculty)
5 years ago
I think these prompts/suggestions are a decent starting point to aid instructors in brainstorming activities for students in a literature/writing environment; however, context, modeling, and purpose will need to be provided in order for the students to understand the goal of these prompts and how they add to their knowledge-base in a literary classroom. Further, many of these prompts are situated on creativity and feelings-toward literary texts, as opposed to analytical, deep-reading approaches. However, for creative approaches and getting students to react to and re-purpose a reading, these prompts could be of use.
Jennifer Duncan
Jennifer Duncan (Faculty)
7 years ago

I'm not sure what this would be used for. At most, this is a list of reader response activities that might provide a teacher with a quick creative writing assignment based on a literary text, but there are hardly any real instructions and the activities might encourage students to focus more on how they feel about a literary work than on the actual text itself. 

Tiffanie Goudy
Tiffanie Goudy (Student)
9 years ago

The suggestions are great ideas to begin or end a concept that would be covered throughout the year. The key to the ideas presented was writing, so the ideas would reinforce that skill. The instructor must build the activity because there were no instructions or guidance.

Technical Remarks:

The site is a very basic site that entails a list of ideas.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Marcia Neudigate
Marcia Neudigate (Faculty)
13 years ago
The suggestions on this site provided me with several new ways of incorporating different activities within the context of the primary learning objective, writing.

Technical Remarks:

Since the activities were mostly statements, I would need to develop the acitivty in context of the material being covered in the class: composition, literature, foundations, etc.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes