Response to Literature Vocabulary Flashcard

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Prompt
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the question asked about the selected piece of literature
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Introduction
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the first paragraph in an essay. In a response to literature essay, it should include a thesis and a summary statement
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Thesis
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the topic sentence within the introductory paragraph which focuses the topic for the entire essay. In response writing, the answer to the prompt becomes the thesis
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Summary Statement
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the sentences in the introduction in which the writer concisely summarizes the selected piece of literature
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Body
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the essay paragraphs in which points are made to support the thesis. These paragraphs should contain story examples, quotations, and commentary. Most thoughtful essays will contain 3 or more body paragraphs
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Topic Sentences
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the main idea statement in each paragraph. For our writing purpose, we will place the topic sentence at the start of each body paragraph. These topic sentences should clearly identify the point of support to the thesis
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Supporting Sentence
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the facts, examples, and quotations used to support the main idea/topic sentences of the paragraph
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Commentary
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after including an example or quotation of support, the student should provide commentary explaining and linking them back to the thesis and topic sentences
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Conclusion
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the last paragraph of a response to literature essay in which the thesis and points are restated and the writer supplies commentary to the author’s purpose and message
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Insight
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this is the writer’s ability to show his or her analysis. The writer must show not only comprehension of the story, but also the ability to relate the lessons learned in readers’ lives
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Coherence
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the smooth flow of writing so that the reader can easily see how and why the paragraph ideas are arranged. Good transition words and a smart organizational structure help to improve coherence
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Unity
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all of the sentences within the paragraph relate to one central idea
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Character Trait
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a feature that cannot be seen but can be inferred by a character’s speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and looks
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Theme
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the truth about life that is revealed in a work of literature which a reader must infer

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