Mrs. Mary Hernandez







**Reader Response Letters**

1.      Date in the top right corner-Do not abbreviate date. (September 1, 2010 - NOT 9/01/10).2.      Skip two lines and write your greeting (Dear Mrs. Hernandez,).  Do NOT indent the greeting!!3.      First Paragraph (3-4 sentences)—Introduction (make it catchy)—Do Not skip a line after the greeting!!!!

a.       Title of the book             

b.      Author     

c.       Genre

d.      Reason you chose the book        

4.      Second Paragraph—8-10 sentence summary of plot- include the major conflict in the story and explain how the conflict is resolved

5.      Third Paragraph (3-4 sentences)—Thoughts/connections with the story/characters

6.      Fourth Paragraph (3-4 sentences)—Something you learned from the story/characters or something that really stood out to you in the story

7.      Fifth Paragraph (3-4 sentences)—Your opinion—Would you recommend the book? Why or why not?

8.      Skip 3 lines after last paragraph—Closing and signature (bottom right hand corner of letter)

DO NOT skip lines between paragraphs!!!!!!!



My Name EssayWhat’s in a name? 

Ideas to think about and possibly include in your essay:

  • Are names really that important?
  • Does a name really tell us anything about a person?
  • What if we didn’t have names or we all had the same name?
  • Is your name truly part of your identity or is it just a word?
  • Why did your parents choose your name?
  • What language does your name come from?  What is its original meaning?
  • Do you have any nicknames?  If so, explain your nickname(s). 
  • How do you feel about your name?  If you could have any other name, what name would you choose and why?



  • In your introduction, do not simply start out with “My name is …” and “It means …”—address the topic of names in general first and then work your way into the topic of your name specifically. 
  • Use some or all of the questions above to elaborate on the topic of names.  Do not simply answer each question in order.  Organize your essay in a way that one idea flows smoothly into the next.
  • You should have at least 5 paragraphs, counting the introduction and the conclusion. 
  • Be sure to have a clear focus for each body paragraph and use plenty of details/examples to fully develop the topic of each paragraph.
  • Remember a well-written conclusion restates your introduction paraphrasing your main ideas. 



  • Check spelling and punctuation
  • Watch out for run-ons –If you have used a lot of conjunctions, you may have run-ons
  • Watch out for sentence fragments—If you have started sentences with conjunctions, you have created sentence fragments.  Do Not start sentences with conjunctions!
  • Do not use slang or abbreviations in essays!
  • Avoid short, choppy sentences.