This term, many of our English classes will be going through text response. We at Spectrum Tuition are always working to improve our curriculum in order to give our students the best possible chance of building confidence and achieving success in their studies. Recently, we have been working hard to come up with new and innovative ways of teaching our students the important skill of text response.
What Is Text Response?
Text response is the ability to read and respond to a piece of writing in complex and often difficult ways. Text response measures students’ abilities not just to understand a text, but to interpret themes, respond to characters, identify tones and engage imaginatively with that they are reading. Students who are good at text response are generally students who read widely and enjoy reading novels, poems, comics and newspapers.
Why Is Text Response Important?
The ability to engage with a piece of writing on a complex level is one of the most important skills that your child can learn. Text response is a central component of the VCE English curriculum, but it is also vital to most other subjects. A lot of students who struggle with mathematics and science are often held back, not by their inability to add numbers or remember formulas, but by their inability to interpret what they are reading. Good reading and text response skills are often very difficult to teach, but this is a challenge we have set for ourselves!
How Do We Get Students Excited About Text Response?
The most important step in helping our students improve their text response skills is to make sure they are actually excited or engaged by what they are reading. Students who are engaged in what they are reading are far more likely to learn valuable reading, comprehension and interpretation skills. In order to make sure all of our students are engaged in reading, we have begun an exciting project to develop our own range of short stories. These stories are written by our very own author Christopher Edwards specifically for Spectrum Tuition and are designed to engage students of a variety of year levels, whilst developing their text response skills.
If you would like to see an example of one of our stories, click HERE to read The Misdorians From Neptune!