GETTING INTO A TEXT

TakeĀ a Random Walk

  • Ask students to write on a piece of paper any ten numbers between the first and last page number of the book you are using. For example, 3,7, 27, 59, 78, 87, 115, 143, 205, 212

  • Then instruct them to turn to those pages, skim the paragraphs paying attention to names, dialogue, sentence structure and anything that catches their attention.

  • Copy into their journal a sentence from five different pages.

  • Then, write a paragraph about what they think the sentences imply about characters, settings, and possible theme.

  • Meet in pairs and share the sentences and inferences. Return to these later to compare their early and later thoughts.

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