Writing a response to a written Text
* Name text and author.
* Answer the question. [E.g. Sephy was a very interesting character.]
* Indicate the combination of features you are going to use to prove your statement. [e.g. first person narration, dialogue, role reversal or Romeo and Juliet]
* Briefly indicate the link to an important idea[s]. [e.g. Sephy is interesting because she shows the suffering and conflict caused by prejudice]
Briefly describe the character or idea or setting or relationship etc asked about, explaining how it is revealed in the text.
e.g. Sephy is a member of the black Cross ruling class and the daughter of a prominent Cross politician. She has a close friend, Callum, but she is forbidden to see him as he a white nought, a member of the lower class who used to be slaves etc.
For each paragraph, use the formula SEXY to answer the question:
E.g. Sephy was made interesting because of her first person narration which made me feel I was reading the diary of a teenage girl who was like me. As the reader, I found out all her thoughts and emotions that not even her close friend, Callum always knew about.
Examples and explanations: You need at least two examples from the text, explained and supported by specific details and integrated quotations.
e.g. In her alternate passages of narration, Sephy showed how she was an intelligent and sympathetic young girl who was different from other Crosses because she loved Callum, a white nought, and continued to see and help him in spite of her family??™s opposition. However, we also find out she is quite protected and naive in her understanding of the prejudice and restrictions the McGregors have to cope with every day. She tells us that, ???quote.??™ Sephy also revealed the conflict caused when lovers are separated by prejudice when she speaks of struggle of deciding between Callum and their baby when she says, ???quote.??™
Response: make a personal response to the successful use of this feature [first person narration]
e.g. Sephy??™s narration made her a specially interesting character for me because I not only found myself totally involved in all her problems and challenges, but I was also able to understand her ideas and attitudes as a member of the black Cross ruling class and compare these with those of the nought ,Callum ,who provided the alternating narration. I could then clearly realise the problems caused by prejudice and its effects on the lives of two intelligent and caring teens.
E.g. Dialogue, combined with the first person narration, helped me understand Sephy better and made her more interesting. We not only find out what she says from her own narration but also from that of Callum. Sephy is created as the sort of privileged, educated and confident young woman who says what she thinks and so we find out a great deal about her from what she says.
Examples: Give at least two explained examples, each supported by a quotation of what she says and also explain what we learn about Sephy from this.
Sephy does not always think before she speaks but she speaks from the heart and means well even if she does not understand the situation. This is similar to many teenagers I know. Her dialogue also made me feel sorry for an empathetic and brave young woman trapped in a society where prejudice, based on skin colour, is culturally fundamental and where she can never be accepted by the bitter white noughts or the arrogant black Crosses of her own race.
Statement: First person narration and dialogue are combined with an unusual role reversal that leads to a version of the Romeo and Juliet story. This gives Sephy special appeal as in many texts that show the unfairness and cruelty of prejudice, the ruling class is white. Sephy is a black Cross whose class forbids her to be friendly with, let alone fall in love with, a white nought. Their love is doomed because of the hatred between their families.
Give at least two explained examples, supported by integrated quotations.
Response: Blackman??™s original twist on racial prejudice made me think about its consequences more deeply and to sympathise with Sephy whose love had no chance of success. I admired the way the way she kept loving and believing in Callum in spite of her family??™s anger and in spite of his betrayal. The way Kamal made her choose between her baby and Callum??™s life and the way he insisted the conception must have been rape, made me think about how difficult this situation was for Sephy and respect the way she, although she was so young, made difficult decisions.
You should make a strong, personal response to the way the author used features to help you understand……….. You should also refer to how these features emphasised key ideas.
E.g Malorie Blackman successfully combined first person narration, dialogue and a role reversal to make Sephy a very interesting character. I especially liked her narration which helped me identify with Sephy and become involved in her life and problems. She made me realise how lucky I am to live in a society where racial prejudice is illegal and interracial relationships are accepted. The role reversal made me think about how similar the Crosses??™ and noughts??™ experiences were to those of white civil rights workers and African Americans during the 1960s and helped me sympathise with the suffering and conflict racial prejudice caused. Sephy is a brave and interesting role model for teenagers.
Checklist for response to an extended written text:
* Names text and author
* Statement answers question
* Briefly indicates points features that prove your statement
* Refers to a main idea
1. Each paragraph: SEXY
* Makes a statement that answers question
* Gives at least two explained and detailed examples that prove your statement
* Includes integrated quotations in support of specific examples
* Includes a personal response to the success of the author in using this featurepoint
2. A conclusion
* Answers question
* Makes a strong personal response to how successful the author was in… [question asked]??¦??¦. And in making one or more ideas clear