Dialogue with a Text

Dialogue with a Text

Bob Probst

Bob Probst

PLEASE DON’T GLANCE
THROUGH THE BOOKLET
BEFORE WE BEGI...
1

1

Please read the text, and take a moment or
two to reflect on it. Then turn to the next
page and begin. Take a few mi...
2

What was your first reaction or response to
the text? What thoughts did you have as
you read? Describe or explain brief...
3

What did you see happening in the text?
Paraphrase it--retell the event briefly.
When you discuss, see if there are
dif...
4

4

What is the most important word or phrase
in the text?

What is the most important word or phrase
in the text?

4

4...
5

Did the text call to mind any memory--of
events, people, places, sights, smells, or
even of something more ambiguous,
p...
6

6

What do you think the author wanted you
to think about as you read this text? Is the
author trying to persuade you t...
7

How did your understanding of the text
differ from those of your discussion
partners? In what ways were they similar?

...
8

8

What implications do you see in this
passage for your own work (or life)? If you
were to do something, take some act...
9

Look back through the booklet. Which
question -- and the conversation you then
had -- most helped you understand the te...
10

10

As you talked, did you learn anything
about the people with whom you discussed
this text?

As you talked, did you ...
11

If you were to be asked to write about your
reading of this text, upon what would you
focus? Would you write about som...
Photocopying Instructions:

We need booklets prepared from these
masters. Each sheet has four copies of the
same small pag...
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  1. 1. Dialogue with a Text Dialogue with a Text Bob Probst Bob Probst PLEASE DON’T GLANCE THROUGH THE BOOKLET BEFORE WE BEGIN. PLEASE DON’T GLANCE THROUGH THE BOOKLET BEFORE WE BEGIN. Dialogue with a Text Dialogue with a Text Bob Probst Bob Probst PLEASE DON’T GLANCE THROUGH THE BOOKLET BEFORE WE BEGIN. PLEASE DON’T GLANCE THROUGH THE BOOKLET BEFORE WE BEGIN.
  2. 2. 1 1 Please read the text, and take a moment or two to reflect on it. Then turn to the next page and begin. Take a few minutes with each question. Please read the text, and take a moment or two to reflect on it. Then turn to the next page and begin. Take a few minutes with each question. Please reflect on each question for a moment or two, perhaps jotting down brief notes, before discussing it. Some may be more interesting than others for you, and you may wish to give those more time. Please don't glance ahead in the booklet. Please reflect on each question for a moment or two, perhaps jotting down brief notes, before discussing it. Some may be more interesting than others for you, and you may wish to give those more time. Please don't glance ahead in the booklet. 1 1 Please read the text, and take a moment or two to reflect on it. Then turn to the next page and begin. Take a few minutes with each question. Please read the text, and take a moment or two to reflect on it. Then turn to the next page and begin. Take a few minutes with each question. Please reflect on each question for a moment or two, perhaps jotting down brief notes, before discussing it. Some may be more interesting than others for you, and you may wish to give those more time. Please don't glance ahead in the booklet. Please reflect on each question for a moment or two, perhaps jotting down brief notes, before discussing it. Some may be more interesting than others for you, and you may wish to give those more time. Please don't glance ahead in the booklet.
  3. 3. 2 What was your first reaction or response to the text? What thoughts did you have as you read? Describe or explain briefly. 2 What was your first reaction or response to the text? What thoughts did you have as you read? Describe or explain briefly. 2 What was your first reaction or response to the text? What thoughts did you have as you read? Describe or explain briefly. 2 What was your first reaction or response to the text? What thoughts did you have as you read? Describe or explain briefly.
  4. 4. 3 What did you see happening in the text? Paraphrase it--retell the event briefly. When you discuss, see if there are differences in the paraphrasing. 3 What did you see happening in the text? Paraphrase it--retell the event briefly. When you discuss, see if there are differences in the paraphrasing. 3 What did you see happening in the text? Paraphrase it--retell the event briefly. When you discuss, see if there are differences in the paraphrasing. 3 What did you see happening in the text? Paraphrase it--retell the event briefly. When you discuss, see if there are differences in the paraphrasing.
  5. 5. 4 4 What is the most important word or phrase in the text? What is the most important word or phrase in the text? 4 4 What is the most important word or phrase in the text? What is the most important word or phrase in the text?
  6. 6. 5 Did the text call to mind any memory--of events, people, places, sights, smells, or even of something more ambiguous, perhaps feelings or attitudes? If so, what was it, and why do you think it came to mind? 5 Did the text call to mind any memory--of events, people, places, sights, smells, or even of something more ambiguous, perhaps feelings or attitudes? If so, what was it, and why do you think it came to mind? 5 Did the text call to mind any memory--of events, people, places, sights, smells, or even of something more ambiguous, perhaps feelings or attitudes? If so, what was it, and why do you think it came to mind? 5 Did the text call to mind any memory--of events, people, places, sights, smells, or even of something more ambiguous, perhaps feelings or attitudes? If so, what was it, and why do you think it came to mind?
  7. 7. 6 6 What do you think the author wanted you to think about as you read this text? Is the author trying to persuade you to feel, think, or do something after reading this? What do you think the author wanted you to think about as you read this text? Is the author trying to persuade you to feel, think, or do something after reading this? 6 6 What do you think the author wanted you to think about as you read this text? Is the author trying to persuade you to feel, think, or do something after reading this? What do you think the author wanted you to think about as you read this text? Is the author trying to persuade you to feel, think, or do something after reading this?
  8. 8. 7 How did your understanding of the text differ from those of your discussion partners? In what ways were they similar? 7 How did your understanding of the text differ from those of your discussion partners? In what ways were they similar? 7 How did your understanding of the text differ from those of your discussion partners? In what ways were they similar? 7 How did your understanding of the text differ from those of your discussion partners? In what ways were they similar?
  9. 9. 8 8 What implications do you see in this passage for your own work (or life)? If you were to do something, take some action, when you’ve finished reading the passage, what would that be? What implications do you see in this passage for your own work (or life)? If you were to do something, take some action, when you’ve finished reading the passage, what would that be? 8 8 What implications do you see in this passage for your own work (or life)? If you were to do something, take some action, when you’ve finished reading the passage, what would that be? What implications do you see in this passage for your own work (or life)? If you were to do something, take some action, when you’ve finished reading the passage, what would that be?
  10. 10. 9 Look back through the booklet. Which question -- and the conversation you then had -- most helped you understand the text and your reading of it? Why? 9 Look back through the booklet. Which question -- and the conversation you then had -- most helped you understand the text and your reading of it? Why? 9 Look back through the booklet. Which question -- and the conversation you then had -- most helped you understand the text and your reading of it? Why? 9 Look back through the booklet. Which question -- and the conversation you then had -- most helped you understand the text and your reading of it? Why?
  11. 11. 10 10 As you talked, did you learn anything about the people with whom you discussed this text? As you talked, did you learn anything about the people with whom you discussed this text? 10 10 As you talked, did you learn anything about the people with whom you discussed this text? As you talked, did you learn anything about the people with whom you discussed this text?
  12. 12. 11 If you were to be asked to write about your reading of this text, upon what would you focus? Would you write about some association or memory, some aspect of the text itself, about the author, or about some other matter? 11 If you were to be asked to write about your reading of this text, upon what would you focus? Would you write about some association or memory, some aspect of the text itself, about the author, or about some other matter? 11 If you were to be asked to write about your reading of this text, upon what would you focus? Would you write about some association or memory, some aspect of the text itself, about the author, or about some other matter? 11 If you were to be asked to write about your reading of this text, upon what would you focus? Would you write about some association or memory, some aspect of the text itself, about the author, or about some other matter?
  13. 13. Photocopying Instructions: We need booklets prepared from these masters. Each sheet has four copies of the same small page. Please make photocopies in the amount of roughly 1/4 the number of participants (25 copies if we have 100 teachers). The copies can then be stapled and cut, each yielding 4 small booklets 5.5" x 4.25". We’ll use _________________ for this activity. rep

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