How to write a response to literature
By the Young Writers Project
Keep in mind that a response to literature paper is YOUR personal response to a novel or story. Basically, you are arguing your own point -- your thesis statement -- and then defending this point with evidence from the book. Your essay should follow this basic structure:
Be sure to include the title and author of the literature you are discussing. You also want a strong opening statement that grabs your reader's attention. The most important part of this section is your thesis statement. This statement should be: arguable, supportable, and original. You might also want to use an organizational sentence here that sets up the rest of the paper.
These are the supporting paragraphs where you will use direct evidence (quotations from the book) to support your thesis. Be sure to explain how your quotation supports your thesis, and don't forget page numbers. For more tips on this subject, see our article on "How to use Quotations Effectively." Use transitional words or sentences between examples to ensure that your paper flows smoothly. You want to make sure that each paragraph has a focus, so use topic sentence and try to relate each example back to that topic.
A good conclusion will briefly summarize your main points. Avoid repeating from your body paragraphs. You could also take your thesis statement a step further by raising a question or sharing a relevant personal observation.
Other things to keep mind: