A commentary is a contribution to the discussion of a literary text. What is actually in a good commentary?

  • Discussing what confuses you
  • Perspectives (can talk about perspectives other than your own)
  • Critical thinking
  • Not a summary
  • Opinions
  • Evidence
    • Quotes
    • Facts
    • Paraphrasing
  • Theorizing/generalizing
  • Questions
    • About the text
    • Open-ended
    • Can answer them if you want
  • Structure of the text
  • Your understanding of the text
  • Be specific
  • Relate to Yourself
  • Developed thoughts
  • Personal Insight
  • Comes from the heart


Picture credit: Cy Twombly’s “Untitled (New York City)”  is one of his “blackboard” creations that depicts scrawlings that resemble writing on a chalkboard. Recently sold at Sotheby’s for $70.5 million. 

One thought on “What is in a good commentary?

  1. Ofeina Clark A1/2
    My independent reading book is “speak.” This book is very interesting and may be accurate to use for many young adults and teenagers to use in many of their own circumstances. The book speak is of this teenage girl who enters high school with a haunting experience she had the summer before. She had been raped at a party and that day of the event she tried to call the cops but just became the buster of the party. In result of this, she suffered continuous torment and bullying. She then decides to live in silence and becomes deeper and deeper into depression until she finds small thing that make her happy and begin to progress. Suddenly, the same boy from the party had gone to strike for the second time, but she decides to speak up and defend herself. This book is an inspiration to me. I am happy that this book was based on a true story than for the author to just create it for entertainment. I feel like the message of this book can inspire individuals to speak up and know who their allies are, and notice the small simple things that can turn an attitude completely. I also think this book could influence those in the positions of friends, family and neighbors who may witness problems such as these so that they can create those simple small acts of kindness and love to change the mind of one who’s may been going a little off the map. A passage of the book that I strongly agree would describe the message of this book is, “IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped me in August when I was drunk and too young to know what was happening. It wasn’t my fault. He hurt me. It wasn’t my fault. And I’m not going to let it kill me. I can grow.” I used this passage because its indicates there’s always a problem we might walk into, but we have the ability to fall and trip over it, or learn and grow from it.


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