Builder: Sample Stance-Framed Questions
Being Out and Stepping Into an Envisionment
Being In and Moving Through an Envisionment
- What is the title and what does it suggest? Can I make
any predictions based on the title?
- Who is the author and what do I already know about their
writing? What can I expect from this author?
- What does the book jacket suggest about the story? What
predictions can I make about the story based on the illustrations
or the teaser on the cover?
- Who are the characters and what are they like? What can
I expect from them in the future?
- What time period does this take place? What do I already
know about this era that can inform my understanding?
- What is the setting and how is this going to impact the
- What is the organization of this piece and what does this
tell me about the text?
- What genre is this text and how does that impact what
I can expect to encounter in the piece?
- How is this story similar to something I have already
- What do I think may happen next? What do I think the piece
may be about?
Stepping Out and Rethinking What One Knows
- What isn't being told? What would I like to still know?
- Who are these characters and are they like anyone I know?
- How do those people feel about their circumstances?
- How do I feel about...?
- What have I experienced in my own life that is similar
to this? Different from this?
- What if the character...?
- What if it happened this way?
- What other texts have I read that inform this and in what
- How have the characters changed over time or across the
- What motivated the characters' behaviors or what led them
to their actions?
- How would you describe the relationships of the characters
in the text?
- How would someone from a different culture or background
interpret the story?
- Do I like these characters? Does what they are doing make
sense? Would I have done the same thing in this situation?
- How is the plot developing?
- What are the characters like? Are they acting as I expected?
- How do the characters feel about and relate to each other?
How will this affect the story?
- How do I think the piece might end?
Stepping Out and Objectifying the Experience
- How might I react if I were in a similar situation as
the character in the text? Was I ever in a similar situation?
Do I know anyone who was?
- What can I learn from the situation in this text?
- Why did I feel a certain way or act a certain way when
I found myself in a situation similar to the one in the
- What were my choices? Did I make the best ones?
- How else could I have handled it? What should I do now?
- What did I gain from that decision? Was it the right one?
- How could I act if I wanted to become a more ______ person?
- Are there any other texts that I have read that can inform
my understanding of this piece?
- Why did the author choose that particular phrase, style,
or organizational feature?
- How does the title relate to the construct of the story?
- How does the language and voice affect my understanding
of the text?
- How does the author's voice contrast with my own perspective?
- Why did some of the word choices affect me so deeply?
- How can my understanding of literary elements (plot, setting,
theme, characterization, and so forth) inform my envisionment?
- How would the piece differ if written, taken place, or
read in another era or culture? How would I see things differently
if I were from another culture, another era, or another's
- How do other interpretations of the text contrast with
my own? What are some other ways I can react to the text?
Consider other perspectives, such as critical, feminist,
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