Three Formats For Discussion: A Quick Reminder
For a quick reminder of the differences between a restatement, description, and
Three Ways to Read and Discuss Texts
], consider the following nursery rhyme .
Mary had a little lamb,
A restatement [
Restatement: Reading What A Text Says
] talks about the topic of the original text, Mary and the
Its fleece was white as snow,
and everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
Mary had a lamb that followed here everywhere.
A description [
Description: Describing What A Text Does
] talks about the story.
The nursery rhyme describes a pet that followed its mistress everywhere.
The interpretation [
Interpretation: Analyzing What a Text Means
] talks about meaning within the story, here the idea of
An image of innocent devotion is conveyed by the story of a lamb's devotion to
its mistress. The devotion is emphasized by repetition that emphasizes the
constancy of the lamb's actions ("everywhere"
go.") The notion of innocence is conveyed by the image of a young lamb,
"white as snow." By making it seem that this is natural and good,
the nursery rhyme asserts innocent devotion as a positive relationship.