The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer
Use notebook for Summation, etc.
Read as stages:
First at Grammar Level - title, cover, Table of Contents as well as biograhical sketch. Do NOT read Preface unless written by author (or you'll get an interpretation by someone other than author before developing your own.)
- "Underneath - note any facts learned from cover, or introduction that will help read book as author intended.
- "Keep a list of characters as I read.
- "Note main event of each chapter.... 1 event per chapter. [One or 2 sentences.]
- "Make initial notes on passages that seem interesting ... Distinguish from summations (ink? or margin notes?)
- "Give the Book your own title and subtitle. Go back and read chapter summaries. If they give good idea of what the book is, write title - if not - then go back and re-write summations.
- Determine who is the central character in the book
- Determine what is the most important event in the book
- Once you have the story - go back and read bookmarked sections.
- If non-fiction:
- Of what is the author trying to convince you?
- What evidence is he using to convince you?
- If Fiction
- Am I transported to the novel's world?
- Do I feel/hear/see this world?
- Am I in sympathy with the people?
- Do I understand their wants and wishes?
- Is the novel a "fable" or a "chronicle"? Fables transport us to different worlds/times where different laws of nature apply. Chronicles have cause/effect relationships that tie to this world.
- If Novel is set in our world - HOW does the writer show us that reality?
- If the Novel is in a fantastic world - What is the intent?
- Is the novel primarily realistic so that I can relate to what is going on?
- What does the central character want?
- What obstacles are there?
- Is it a person who is the obstacle?
- What strategy will the central character use to overcome the obstacles?
- Who is telling the story?
- First person point of view
- Second person
- third-person limited
- Third person objective (narrative)
- Omniscent (writer is in the place of God - can see and hear EVERYTHING)
- Where is the story set?
- Natural? - friendly/unfriendly?/indifferent?
- Human-built surroundings