Reading Fiction<br />Experience, Interpretation, Evaluation<br />
The Experience of Fiction<br />One of the primary reasons for reading fiction is to feel pleasure or pain, to laugh or to ...
The Interpretation of Fiction<br />What is happening in this photo? <br />Licensed via Creative Commons<br />
Four Intellectual Acts of Interpretation<br />Observing<br />Details about time, place; language, etc.<br />Connecting<br ...
What are we observing here?<br />How do those details connect?<br />What can we infer from these details?<br />What is the...
Reading in Context<br />What do we know about the story?<br />Why was it written?<br />When was it written?<br />What do w...
The Evaluation of Fiction<br />Judgment<br />Was it good?<br />Did we like it?<br />Was it successful in its claims?<br />...
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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.
  • Reading Fiction

    1. 1. Reading Fiction<br />Experience, Interpretation, Evaluation<br />
    2. 2. The Experience of Fiction<br />One of the primary reasons for reading fiction is to feel pleasure or pain, to laugh or to cry.<br />Licensed via Creative Commons<br />
    3. 3. The Interpretation of Fiction<br />What is happening in this photo? <br />Licensed via Creative Commons<br />
    4. 4. Four Intellectual Acts of Interpretation<br />Observing<br />Details about time, place; language, etc.<br />Connecting<br />Making connections amongst details<br />Inferring<br />What makes these details significant?<br />Concluding<br />Deciding on a meaning for the story based on this information<br />
    5. 5. What are we observing here?<br />How do those details connect?<br />What can we infer from these details?<br />What is the meaning of this image?<br />
    6. 6. Reading in Context<br />What do we know about the story?<br />Why was it written?<br />When was it written?<br />What do we know about the author?<br />What else do we know about the context of this story?<br />
    7. 7. The Evaluation of Fiction<br />Judgment<br />Was it good?<br />Did we like it?<br />Was it successful in its claims?<br />Values<br />What values does this story endorse or refute?<br />Why?<br />Judgment<br />Values<br />
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