Choose one of these reflective responses to answer, in relation to a Fiction book that you have read in Term 4.
Your response to the questions must be well organised, planned, insightful and comprehensive.
Your ORAL response should be 2-3 mins in length.
e.g."The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner
Describe the main characters - personality traits, motivations, inner qualities.
Why do characters do what they do?
Do the main characters change by the end of the book?
Do they grow or mature? Do they learn something about themselves and how the world works?
e.g. "Paper Towns" by John Green
What passages strike you as insightful, even profound?
Perhaps a bit that's funny, or poignant, or that encapsulates a character?
Maybe there's a particular comment that states the book's thematic concerns?
Be prepared to read an excerpt from your book to give evidence for your insights.
How do you rate the book?
Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to "get into it?" how did you feel reading it - amused, sad, disturbed, confused, bored, entertained...?
Support your opinions with evidence from the book.
How can I tell which genre?
Fiction books have a number of genres and sub-genres that they can be identified as fitting into.
Identify the most prominent genre in your book and discuss what characteristics or common elements of that genre (character, setting, plot, theme etc..) are evident in your book.
Be discerning and discuss each element carefully.
If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?
Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare? If not, does this book inspire you to read others?
If so why? If not ...why not...and how would you change it?
Has this novel changed you - broadened your perspective?
Have you learnt something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?
Is the plot engaging - does the story interest you?
Is this a plot-driven book, a fast paced page-turner? Or does the story unfold slowly with a focus on character development? Were you surprised by the plot's complication? Or did you find it predictable?
e.g. "The Martian" by Andy Weir (available in Forrest Library)
Talk about the books structure
Is it a continuous story...or interlocking short stories?
Does the time-line move forward chronologically...or back and forth between the past and present?
Does te author use a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints?
Why might the author have chosen to tell the story the way he or she did - and what differences does it make in the way you read or understand it?