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  • Critical Analysis of Literary Texts Using Virtual Worlds Mary Balkun English Faculty, Seton Hall University Heidi Trotta and Mary Zedeck Instructional Designers
    • “ We do not apprehend the world directly at all. Rather we experience it through the signs we construct to represent it.” ~ Driscoll & Lebow, 1992
    • Our manipulation of these signs and symbols places them into new relationships with each other, allowing new insights into communication, interpretation, and the construction of meaning.
    • We know that how we seek information determines what information we get; however, the information we receive also affects what we already know.
    • “ John was hungry and decide to order a large meal. He was pleased that the waitress was attentive and prompt. After he finished the meal, he paid his bill and left an extra five dollars under his plate.”
    • Mental models for a novel are based on objects or characters representing characters in the narrative.
    • People remember ideas about passages rather than the text itself. This is a “mental model.” Mental models support a better recall of events. ~ Bransford and Miller, 1972
    • Authors and objects in text
    • Authors have used objects in texts to either:
    • Make commentary about the times
    • Enhance character development
    • Explore themes
    • Create intrigue
  • The House of Seven Gables ~ the combined application of text and objects in a virtual world to create a collective vision.
  • Activity Directions
    • Pictures vs objects
    • Try not to follow text literally
    • Read passage
      • Notecard giver or Poster
    • Select one picture from each category
    • Volunteers
    • Be able to explain selection
    • Contacts:
    Mary Balkun Faculty, Seton Hall University (aka Zenobia Paine) [email_address] Copyright Heidi Trotta, Mary Balkun and Mary Zedeck, 2007. This work is the intellectual property of the authors and all who contributed. Heidi Trotta Instructional Designer (aka Heidi TeeCee) [email_address] Web: www.heiditrotta.com Mary Zedeck Instructional Designer (aka Zaria Voom) [email_address]