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Reading Fiction

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  • Discuss briefly what makes each student read – what do they hope for? Emphasize the individual experience as well. Everybody feels something different each time. Why?
  • Discuss the multiple possibilities for the interpretation of the photo/literature.
  • Not necessarily a step by step process. We often do this without realizing it. Go back to the original photo using these steps
  • The values of the story directly influence our judgment of it – sometimes for better or for worse. What we know and believe influences how we accept or refute what the story is telling us.
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    • 1. Reading Fiction
      Experience, Interpretation, Evaluation
    • 2. The Experience of Fiction
      One of the primary reasons for reading fiction is to feel pleasure or pain, to laugh or to cry.
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    • 3. The Interpretation of Fiction
      What is happening in this photo?
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    • 4. Four Intellectual Acts of Interpretation
      Observing
      Details about time, place; language, etc.
      Connecting
      Making connections amongst details
      Inferring
      What makes these details significant?
      Concluding
      Deciding on a meaning for the story based on this information
    • 5. What are we observing here?
      How do those details connect?
      What can we infer from these details?
      What is the meaning of this image?
    • 6. Reading in Context
      What do we know about the story?
      Why was it written?
      When was it written?
      What do we know about the author?
      What else do we know about the context of this story?
    • 7. The Evaluation of Fiction
      Judgment
      Was it good?
      Did we like it?
      Was it successful in its claims?
      Values
      What values does this story endorse or refute?
      Why?
      Judgment
      Values