Lesson Plan

Five Ways to Respond to Literature

Prepare your students to analyze and respond to literature by practicing five types of responses: predictions, questions, clarification, connections, and opinions.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Summary Writing with Big Ideas pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write a response to literature in more than one way.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
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  • Display a piece of chart paper with the question, "How can we respond to literature?" written in the center in large print. Read the question aloud.
  • Underline the words "respond to literature" and remind students that the word respond means to reply or interact with, and literature means a fictional text or story. Restate the question in student-friendly terms (e.g., "How can we write or talk about stories?").
  • Ask students to think about ways that they respond to literature. Write their responses around the question on the chart paper to create a "brain dump." Use this exercise to gauge background knowledge. Support students by suggesting ideas if needed (e.g., answering questions about characters or setting, making predictions, writing a summary). Keep the brain dump displayed to use later in the lesson.
  • Tell students that today they will be using specific types of questions and prompts to respond to literature.