Since we were unable to read the entire HTRLLP over the summer and we are starting behind where we normally would be, we are going to work together to learn the book.

Jigsaw is a reading technique that enables students to study and understand a large reading assignment by sharing responsibility with others in the class.  In a Jigsaw, each student is both the teacher (for a section of the work) and a student learning about the sections he or she did not study.  Students who participate in Jigsaw have two different responsibilities:

  • Learn their assigned section well enough to teach it thoroughly, succinctly and accurately
  • Learn and process information from the presentations of classmates, so that by the end of the study the student has learned the entire content and is ready to apply it to upcoming reading assignments. 

In our class we are going to read and jigsaw the non-fiction book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.  This book provides students a clear guide for finding patterns, symbols, and archetypes in stories.  Being able to recognize patterns in story allows readers to infuse stories with deeper, richer meaning.  We will practice the techniques of the book and look for the patterns, symbols and archetypes in all future literature studies we engage in, throughout this semester.

To efficiently complete the jigsaw, students will work individually or in groups, as indicated by the number to present a chapter to the class.  Each of you will be responsible for reading, studying, knowing and TEACHING the contents of their chapter to the entire class.  By the end of the teaching presentations every student in the class will be responsible for understanding the content of all chapters.

What you need to do:

  1. You will read and study your chapter, looking for the key points Foster makes.  
  2. You will need to create an electronic slide that displays briefly the sum of your chapter.  The slide will be shared on a cloud Google Slide for the class to reference. This should include:
    • Title of Chapter
    • Basic summary
    • Bullet points of primary information
    • An example and explanation of application to both film and literature NOT mentioned in the text
    • Appropriate visual supplements
  3. Post and slide that accurately and completely covers the information of the chapter in an efficient manner into the online Google Slide.

Each of you will be asked to APPLY this understanding to the literature we will study this year.  How to Read Literature Like a Professor will be discussed with EVERY major piece of literature we study for the entire school year.  Do not take either the delivery of this information or the learning, knowing and applying the information of this assignment lightly.