Reader Response Lens Practice

Summarize the poem.

  • What does the poem mean?
  • What ideas resonated with you the most? Why?
  • What ideas did you most strongly agree/disagree with? Why
  • What personal experiences can you use to relate to the text?
  • Why it the text important to you? Why might the text be important to you?


  • “We Real Cool”     The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel

We real cool.
We Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

-Gwendolyn Brooks


Now practice the Reader’s Response Lens by analyzing this video “Oprah Interviews Tyler Perry” using the same reader’s repsponse lens

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