Responding to Literature

Literature: Student Evaluations

Students often have very specific responses to literature and are surprised when peers they know and respect respond differently, even in a polar opposite way. Teaching students to evaluate literature based on the Nine Yardsticks of Value* is one way of preparing them to have civil conversations because the students will have developed a vocabulary to describe reasons how and why literature impacts them in a particular way.

These handouts will help.

 

Nine Yardsticks of Value-HANDOUT-Summary

Responding to Literature – Nine Yardsticks

Using Yardsticks to Prepare for Discussion

Nine Yardsticks Six Traits Self-Eval Critical Essay

Below is a list of  the Nine Yardsticks  

 

Yardsticks of Value

Clarity
Escape
Reflection of Real Life
Artistry in Details
Internal Consistency
Tone
Emotional Impact
Personal Beliefs
Significant Insights

 

*Adapted by Anna J. Roseboro from work of Walter Blair and John Gerber in their 1959 textbook LITERATURE published by Scott Foresman

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