l. The self-evident experience: What every reader sees
a. Book report
or expanded table of contents-describing what the book is about;
listing some of the book's themes or topics
2. The private experience:
Reporting on one's personal experience with the book
the text: The book had nothing interesting to say. I couldn't
get into it. Analysis from only first few pages
b. Opinion poll: I liked
this book; it was readable, it was interesting
c. Book review:
It was well written, clear, or confusing for me.
d. Generalized comparison
or contrast: it reminds me of another book; it
presents a view different than many authors.
e. Speculation: I wishes
the author would have... What's missing is... I wonder
if this had been written for... The author probably
was trying to...
Public Experience: Selecting specifics from your reading which
will help others see what you have seen or challenge them to engage
text at a more complex level.
a. What is the author saying: A list
of selected passages (random or connected to a specific theme) for
seminar to explore: On page
23 the authors says
... Another interesting passage is on page 84.
b. What does the
author mean: Defining or interpreting what specific passages mean
and why they are significant. Or asking for clarification: "What
did she mean on page 35 when she said 'God was more real
to them than the Tsar'?"
c. Selected themes: Among the important
questions explored are.. the role of midwives on page 33 and 68;
peasant idea of "limited good." See pages 73 and
125. What the author seems to be saying here is...
d. Mini synthesis
concentrating on one specific theme: The picture of peasants
presented in this book is far different than a romanticized notions
of the noble peasants depicted in last
week's reading. The romanticized image there which included...
sharply with the examples given here page 33 and 85.
- Jim Hamish, North Seattle