Taming Assignment #2: Questions
and "Notice" Lists
After spending this year with Ms. Levine
and doing a TON of SHEDDing, you should be pretty comfortable now with
interacting with your text, both in terms of questioning it, especially when
you are confused or puzzled, and in noticing the author’s techniques.
Therefore, I want you to write up two lists (see Assignment #3 for a hint
about how to keep this from disrupting your reading too much).
One should be an on-going question list where you
write down the questions you have as you are reading the play. Even if
you end up answering yourself, leave the question on the list (just mark
it with an “A” or something to show you think you’ve figured it out).
Given the quirks of this play, you should probably have a page-full of
Your “notice” list should be a list of specific
techniques or details that you notice while reading. As always, pay
attention to beginnings, endings, character function (which is what
assignments 3 and 5 are about), setting, structure, imagery, point of view
(since this is a play, consider this as “character perspective;” most of
this will fall into discussion of “character function”), and symbolism.
Write out the things you notice in complete sentences. If you desire, you
may want to write out mini-paragraphs on a few.