Description: Describing What a Text Does
This second level of reading is concerned not only with understanding individual remarks, but also with recognizing the structure of a discussion. We examine what a text does to convey ideas. We might read this way to understand how an editorial justifies a particular conclusion, or how a history text supports a particular interpretation of events.
At the previous level of reading, restatement, we demonstrated comprehension by repeating the thought of the text. Here we are concerned with describing the discussion:
This level of reading looks at broad portions of the text to identify the structure of the discussion as a whole. On completion, we can not only repeat what the text says, but can also describe what the text does. We can identify how evidence is used and how the final points are reached.
Three Ways to Read and Discuss Texts
Restatement: Reading What a Text Says
Interpretation: Analyzing What a Text Means
A Variety of Descriptive Formats
Descriptive Formats: Ways to Describe a Discussion