A Literature Process


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A Literature Process

  1. 1. A Literature Process<br />One You Can Use and Adapt for Any Piece of Literature<br />
  2. 2. 5 Steps at a Glance<br />
  3. 3. 1. The Big Picture? Why?<br />The more challenging the piece of literature, the more important it is to get the big picture.<br />
  4. 4. 1. What Are Some Big Picture Questions?<br />Who are these characters?<br />Where are they?<br />What are they doing?<br />When was this written?<br />
  5. 5. Hmmm, how do I go about answering these questions?<br />
  6. 6. ON-LINE?<br />VS.<br />And don’t forget about BOOKS.<br />
  7. 7. Step One ContinuedNOW MAKE SOMETHING!<br />Who? Start a CHARACTER CHART<br />Where and When? Learn about the CONTEXT<br />What? Make a PLOT MAP or TIMELINE<br />
  8. 8. 2. Find a Meaningful Connection<br /> Between what and what<br />
  9. 9. 2. What CONNECTIONS are Possible<br />TEXT TO SELF, including character to self & reading as a writer<br />TEXT TO TEXT, including books, films, and your own created texts<br />TEXT TO WORLD, or maybe to the universe <br />Brainstorm LOTS of connections at the beginning-----then focus on a few------<br />
  10. 10. 2. About that Connection<br />Can you transform your connection into a QUESTION that matters to you?<br />
  11. 11. 2. Examples<br />[pending our class discussion]<br />
  12. 12. 3. Read with a Pen<br />Read what with a pen? And what does that mean exactly? <br />
  13. 13. 3. Which Part? How? <br />It’s especially important to read the BEGINNING closely. Here’s a method for doing that:<br />Print or copy the opening<br />Paraphrase (We’ll talk more about this, but it’s essentially translating the text into your own words.)<br />Figure out how the opening relates to the big picture<br />Ask: Why did the author start here?<br />
  14. 14. 3. How Else Do You Choose What To Read Closely<br />
  15. 15. 3. Close Reading<br />Pivotal scenes or moments<br />Interesting scenes or moments<br />Character development<br />Think of your angle: WHAT’S YOUR GUIDING QUESTION?<br />How much time do you have?<br />
  16. 16. 3. Reading with a Pen Can Prepare You for Steps 4 & 5<br />In addition to paraphrasing you can:<br />Make note of literary elements such as imagery, themes, irony, symbolism, and interesting uses of language---ANALYSIS<br />Make note of connections or ideas that could lead you toward a creative project---seeds of CREATION<br />
  17. 17. 4. Analysis<br /> This is really just taking a closer look at certain elements of a text—or parts. Your guiding question from Step 2 can help determine what you’ll look at and how. <br />
  18. 18. 4. Analyze What?<br />What interests you most? <br />The language? <br />A particular character’s transformation? <br />The imagery? <br />The big issues or questions addressed? <br />A connection to another text?<br />
  19. 19. 5. CREATE!<br />Finally. . .<br />The KEY here is to remember no one has ever read this literary work precisely the way you are and will and have. You have a unique contribution to make after you finish your reading. The question for you to figure out: What contribution is that?<br />
  20. 20. 5. About Creation<br />Questions to consider:<br />What unique skills and interests and knowledge do you bring to the text?<br />What interests you most about the text?<br />What audience do you imagine being interested in what you might make? High school students? Children? Film-goers? Poetry readers? Game players? Comic-book fans? College lit teachers?<br />
  21. 21. 5. What Will You Make?<br />