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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop
About CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE

Individual Program
Descriptions

1. Responding
as Readers


2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text


7. The Stances
in Action


8. Returning to the
Classroom

Support Materials
Teacher-Talk




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Objectifying the Text


Introduction

Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Extension:
Classroom Connection


Ongoing Activity
Additional Reading


Key Points

  Making sense of what you read requires readers to call upon their personal, social, and cultural history, their life experiences, their literary experiences, and the text itself.

  By trying on different perspectives, readers' understandings are moved beyond their current depths, adding layers of complexity and richness.

  When readers step out and objectify a text, they focus on the author's craft, literary elements and allusions, and their particular reading of the text. They try on other perspectives through which they might add other dimensions to their growing envisionments. They become critics of the text and their experience with it.

  Readers utilize literary elements as tools to extend and examine meaning in a text, adding layers of sophistication to the understanding of the piece.

  Readers can step out and objectify their reading experience at any point in the envisionment-building process and recursively return to this stance as the envisionment is developed and extended.

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