Writing a Descriptive Composition

Writing a
Response to
• To explain and persuade the reader
• Analyze an authors point of view
• Use text as evidence when proving
a thesis
What should it look like?
• Introduction:
• Thesis statement according to the prompt
• Title and author
• Brief plot summary
What should it look like?
• Body:
• Justify your interpretation of the author's
message by giving examples and evidence
from the text
• Give your insights into the characters and
the meaning of the story
What should it look like?
• Conclusion:
• Summarize the author's message and what
you learned from the story
Major Hints!
• Include topic sentences (TS) for
each main body paragraph.
• Find concrete details (CD) that
directly support your thesis,
including direct quotes (“ ”) from
the story.
Major Hints!
• Include some commentary (CM)
sentences that explains each
concrete detail and supports your
• Don’t forget your concluding
sentences (CS) that gives each
paragraph a finished fell.
Big Hint!!!
• The Response to Literature
essay is analytical –not
Basic Elements for Analysis
(what to look for when analyzing)
• Setting—in terms of how it impacts
character and events
• Plot—in terms of cause and effect
• Character—traits, actions, motivation
• Theme—what do the characters and events
in the story tell the reader that is important
to learn about life.

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