Analysing and Evaluating Response

This section of the resource explores the reception of the text, a student’s own reception and reception of the text by the public and valuing by cultural institutions.

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One of the most important things students learn in their senior years of English is how to develop and refine their personal response to texts – moving their spontaneous first response to something more considered, grounded in the text, and ultimately to a critical reading, one that recognises how our own experiences and perspectives influence the ways we understand the world and how silences in a text can be given voice.

Evaluation of texts extends beyond consideration of texts in isolation and invites students to assess cultural value. Cultural value has been a contentious issue in the past and in some arenas continues to be so. As students are about to graduate from secondary education, the consideration of cultural value in this resource is in the context of educational institutions.