Literary Essay Prompts Middle School

Reader Response Questions Help Students Focus and Reflect on Literature



Reader Response Prompts for Fiction
reader response questions
1. Explain a character's problem and then offer your character advice on how to solve his/her problem.

2. Explain how a character is acting and why you think the character is acting that way.

3. From what you've read so far, make predictions about what will happen next and explain what in the text makes you think it will happen.

4. Pick one character and explain why you would/would not like to have him/her as a friend.

5. Describe and explain why you would/would not like to have lived in the time or place of the story.

6. What real-life people or events are you reminded of by characters or events in the story? Explain why.

7. Write about what would happen if you brought one of your characters to school or home for a day.

8. Pick a scene in which you disagreed how a character handled a situation/person and rewrite it in the way you think it should have happened.

9. What quality of which character strikes you as a good characteristic to develop within yourself over the years? Why? How does the character demonstrate this quality?

10. Who tells the story? Is this the best person to tell it? Why?

11. How would the story be different if told through another character's eyes?

12. Why do you think the author wrote this story?

13. If you were the author, would you have ended the story in a different way? Why? How so?

14. How does the character's actions affect other people in the story?

15. How does the author provide information or details to make the story seem realistic?

16. How does the author help you feel that you are really there (in both realistic stories and fantasy)?

17. Do you have any unanswered questions about the story? Explain.

18. Copy an interesting/confusing/important/enjoyable passage and explain why you chose it.

19. From what you've read so far, make predictions about what will happen next and explain what in the text makes you think it will happen.



Reader Response Prompts for Nonfiction
reader response questions
20. Copy a short passage that you found to be interesting. Explain what made it interesting for you.

21. Write a summary of what you read in your book today.

22. Explain some of the things that you have learned so far that you are not likely to forget in the near future.

23. Write to inform us about the author. What other articles and/or books has the author written? Is he/she one of your favorite authors, and if so, why?

24. What ideas might you have for turning this work of nonfiction into a work of fiction? Give a brief summary of what your story might be like.

25. Explain the basic information that is being presented in terms of the 5W's: Who? What? When? Where? Why?





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Over 200 Writing Prompts for Essays, Journals, and Reader Responses



Introduction

I sincerely hope that you can use many of the writing prompts presented here in your lesson plans throughout the school year.

For your convenience, I have divided them into three categories: prompts for formal practice essays, reader's response questions, and prompts for journal writing.

Prompts for Formal Practice Essays

During my last few years at Twin Lakes Middle School, we used the following prompts for formal, five-paragraph, practice essays in preparation for standardized testing.

We normally conducted four practice essays during a typical school year. Of course, at that rate, there are enough prompts here for two and a half school years.

Here are those persuasive and expository prompts.

Readers Response Questions and Statements

At Twin Lakes, all students were required to bring independent reading books with them to each of their classes. That way, when they had some "down time," they could read while others were finishing assignments and activities.

Part of our weekly schedule in language arts classes was Readers Workshop. Students read silently for 15 minutes and then wrote for 10 minutes in their Reader Response Journals.

We used these reader response questions/statements.

Prompts for Journal Writing

Also part of our weekly schedule in language arts classes was Writers Workshop. Teachers selected a prompt, and students had 10 minutes to spontaneously write about that prompt in their composition books.

Students' entries became sources for more formal essays, stories, and material to share from the Author's Chair.

By the end of the year, they had a complete book that they had authored themselves!

We used these prompts for journal writing.

Conclusion

As I'm sure you will agree, students at Twin Lakes did a LOT of reading and writing. But, our reading and writing scores earned our school the grade of "A" five years in a row from the state of Florida.

We figured, and there is research to back this up, that the more reading and writing students do, the better students get at both.

Best wishes to you and your students!





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