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Applying Reader Response Theory to "The Sniper"

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    Watch the Do's of Applying Reader Response video above before writing. Yes, it's created by another English 12 teacher, but the content, instruction, and expectations are the same for my class.

    The Do's of Applying Reader Response


    Now that you've read the short story, “The Sniper,” it's time to write your response. Be sure to use the video on the left so that you write the response correctly. 

    Your one-page response should be all about what you were thinking, feeling, and experiencing as you were reading the story.  Here are a few sentence starters that could help:

    • This story really reminds me of…
    • When….happened, I thought about…
    • I was really surprised/happy/excited/worried when…
    • Although I could tell the author really wanted me to think about this…instead I came away thinking about…

    Your reader response journal should meet these minimum qualifications:

    • at least one page long (about 500 words)
    • focus on a personal reaction to the text, not a summary
    • demonstrate an understanding of reader response theory
    • Be organized in several paragraphs

    Submit your response on the next page.  It is worth 40 points.