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Who's in the cafeteria:

Shakespeare Asks . . .


In which of my plays is a character
killed and eaten by a bear?

Titus Andronicus
The Winter's Tale
Shakespeare asks . . .



Developing a Reading Log

Follow these simple steps to create a reading log that will help you gain a deeper understanding of the play:

Step 1 ~ Reading for Understanding

    1. Read each scene at least once.
    2. Record any new words or phrases you looked up during reading. Be sure to include the definitions in your reading log.
    3. Write a summary of the scene in a dark ink/font.
    4. Record any questions you may have about the scene.

Step 2 ~ Discussing the Scene/Play

    1. Discuss the scene/play with your classmates. If you are studying the play on your own, visit one of the Shakespeare discussion boards on the web.
    2. Ask the questions you wrote down in your reading log.

Step 3 ~ Adding Answers to Your Reading Log

    1. Use a different colored pen or font.
    2. Write the answers to your reading log questions in the margins.

Step 4 ~ Reading for Pleasure

    1. Use a different colored pen or font.
    2. Now that you have a basic understanding of the plot and unusual words or phrases, it is time to read the play again.
    3. Record your personal reactions to each scene.

Step 5 ~ Discuss the Play

    1. Your rereading will probably create new questions, so go back to class or the online discussion and continue discussing the play.
    2. Record any new answers or insights you gain in your reading log (be sure to use a different color font or ink).

Visit the following page for a sample reading log of Richard II.

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