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1 Giving an Oral Response to Literature

2 There are two types of oral responses that we will discuss:
Summary Critique

3 What is the difference between a summary and a critique?

4 A summary is an abbreviated retelling of the book.
A good summary will include: title, author, setting character’s names and how they are related to each other the main conflict the main events in the order they occur the climax the resolution

5 A critique requires you to share your opinions about the book.
These are some suggested areas in which you could share your opinion: Did you enjoy the book? In your opinion, what is the best part of the book? What do you feel this book teaches about life (theme)? Do you recommend this book to others?

6 These are other types of media that can be summarized or critiqued:
Movies Articles Magazines T.V. shows Speeches

7 Read the following example of a summary of the movie Avatar.

8 When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. Written by The Massie Twins

9 Now read a critique of the movie Avatar.

10 This is a 'Must see' movie, innovative, and extraordinary
This is a 'Must see' movie, innovative, and extraordinary. I think it will be regarded by most cinema goers as another milestone in the history of the art. The level of realism achieved is remarkable, and although the film is relatively long in real time, it retains it's excitement and holds the audience's attention to the end. Performances are good, but this is not the sort of film that dwells on big star value for the actors, although Sigorney Weaver does shine and delivers a very convincing performance, as do the rest of the cast. But as there is so much entertainment and action value on screen the human element does not dominate in the usual way. As Writer/Director, James Cameron deserves high praise for this creation and in my opinion it will break box office records. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

11 What were some of the differences that you noticed between the summary and critique of Avatar?

12 While you are giving your oral summary and critique of your book, keep in mind the following basic tips.

13 Delivering Your Oral Response
To become a good public speaker, you must use more than just words. Nonverbal communication or body language adds to your message.

14 Nonverbal Element Examples Eye contact Facial Expression Gestures
Look into the eyes of your audience to keep your audience’s attention. Facial Expression Smile, frown or raise an eyebrow to show your feelings or emphasize a point Gestures Give a thumbs up, shrug, nod, or shake your head to emphasize a point or to add meaning to a speech Posture Stand tall and straight to show that you are sure of yourself.

15 Examples Feeling Pitch Rate Volume
How you use your voice can also affect the message that you give your audience. Consider the verbal elements in the chart below as you practice and deliver your speech. Verbal Element Examples Feeling Show enthusiasm through your voice so that your audience will become enthusiastic about your response. Pitch Your voice rises and falls naturally when you speak. Capture the audience’s attention by using the pitch of your voice to emphasize key points. Rate In conversations you may speak at a fast rate, or speed. When you make a speech, you should talk more slowly to help listeners understand you. Volume You will need to speak loudly when giving your oral response. The listeners at the back of the room should be able to hear you clearly.

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