Response Essay Overview.
Select a short story that you have read for this course. It can come from any genre (fable, allegory, short story, etc.). Read the story carefully, taking note of areas where you were engaged as a reader, and what strategies the author used to engage you as a reader. Now, select one aspect of the story (i.e., character, plot, theme, or setting) that stands out to you as particularly important or interesting.
Write an responsive essay where you complete the following tasks:
Introduce the story and author. Provide a short overview of the story so as to provide a foundation for your response.
Describe the aspect of the story to which you would like to respond. Explain in detail why this aspect stood out to you, and support those ideas with actual text from the story. For instance, if you choose to highlight the main character of the story, explain why he or she stood out to you with actual descriptions from the story.
Provide a rationale for your ideas—the so what. Why is this important to your understanding and appreciation for this story? How did you connect with this aspect as a reader?
Page count: 2 – 4 (not including title page and reference page)
Citation Requirements: Outside sources are not required, apart from a reference to the original source of the story. If you consult outside sources for help interpreting the story, be sure to cite the sources in-text and include full citations for them in the reference list.