ometimes students need to be reminded that they bring attitudes to the subjects they study that affect their receptivity to the ideas under consideration. One interesting activity to emphasize this point is the following: Have students divide a sheet of paper with a vertical line down the center. On one side of the paper they can write as a heading (The authors) prejudices; on the other side, My Prejudices. Listing the biases of the author forces them to think critically about what they have read. Noting their own prejudices should help them to discover their own angle of vision which informed their response to the material.
Sample Reader-Response Writing Chart
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