WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO you? BY: ALEX, ISAAC, DANNY, AND CARLY
so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. --William Carlos Williams, The Red Wheelbarrow
Reader Response Theory • Where can the true meaning of a work of literature be found? • People • Fish • Holland • Iser • Meaning = Text + Reader
Advantages/Disadvantages • Can lead to new perspectives/ideas • Allows for personal relationship to literature • Easy to misuse • Adding • Changing • Ignoring
Questions to Ask Yourself What does this mean to me?
In History Why was the key to the success of 5th century BC Greek Civilization? Was Hitler a business genius? Why or why not? History not static Many different Theories/Interpretations
Examples from Past Classes • English • Symbolism • History • Cause and Effect • Math/Science • Applying data
For Example... Spinning Lady Optical Illusion
For Example... - The New Yorker
For Example... Where the Wild Things Are
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Conclusion • Flexibility • Remember, Do Not: • Add • Change • Ignore