1. What was happening to you, moment by moment, as
you were reading this piece of writing?
2. Summarize the writing: give your understanding of
what it says or what happened in it.
||3. Make some images for
the writing and the transaction it creates with readers.
What was happening to you
as you read the first one or
1.Summarize the writing in thirty seconds. Let the
writer hear you think out loud.
||1.What forms of writing
does it remind you of: e.g., a bureaucratic memo, a
lecture, a story?
words and phrases stuck out most?
2.Summarize the writing in a sentence, then a word.
||2.Tell how someone
different from you might react to the piece; e.g., if a
judge read it, if your supervisor, secretary or client
What ideas, feelings, beliefs do you bring to this piece
that influences way you read it?
3.Summarize what you feel the writer is trying but not
quite managing to say.
||3.Make an image for the
relationship between the writer and reader. Is the
writer reading from a stage? Shaking a fist? Leading you
down a path?
4. What do
you need or want as a reader? If you're fighting the piece or the
writer, what would it take for you to go with the writer?
4.Summarize what you wish the writing would say.
||4.What is the writer
trying to do to you? Trap you? Surprise you? Bore you?
Persuade you? Delight you?
5. As you're reading, make marks
to how you're reacting to the words; a straight line next to
passages and words that work, please you; a wiggly line for
parts that bother you. Share these with the writer.
5.What is this piece not about; what is the opposite of
what it is saying?
5.Find words or metaphors for the voice or tone in the
writing: authoritative, tight-lipped, conversational?
Like who? Bill Clinton, Judge Judy, Johnnie Cockran,
Oprah Winfrey, Antonio Villaraigosa?Oprah
6. Point to the passage that you
liked especially, the ones you didn't understand or which made
you stumble or resist.
||6.Do you feel a difference
between the voice created or implied by these words and
the actual writer that wrote them?
||7.What images of the
writer come to mind? Hunched over a desk? Lounging on
the beach? Preaching from pulpit?