On the California High School Exit Exam you will be expected to write one essay. The essay will be one of four types of writing.
4 TYPES OF WRITING
WHAT IS A RESPONSE TO LITERATURE?
When you write a response to literature you show that you have read the entire passage/story and you completely understand the text. But an effective literary response essay IS NOT just a summary of what happened in the story. An effective literary response essay must include specific examples of significant ideas, themes, or literary devices that are ANALYZED to show deep understanding of the text.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A LITERARY RESPONSE?
The main goal of writing a response to literature is to demonstrate thoughtful comprehension of a literary passage BEYOND the basic plot and explain the UNDERLYING meaning of the text.