Seminar in Multicultural Literature: American Minority
Reading discussion leader
8-12 minutes for presentation; Discussion may continue indefinitely
Open discussion by inviting seminar
to raise questions, problems, or overall observations regarding reading
assignment. (Questions may be addressed to instructor as well as discussion
idea, theme, problem, issue,
literary feature in the reading
Relate this idea to a
course objective (or, if not,
indicate why it doesn’t fit).
Direct class (page numbers or via webpage) to
one or two brief
read selections aloud
apply to opening theme
(If online text, discussion-leader or instructor may
locate passages on projection screen.)
opening steps may be rearranged.)
Ask a question to start discussion. Question
should follow from your interpretation or appeal more broadly to challenges in
the text or intertexts with other class
You may also ask questions along the way, at end of
each passage for instance.
Lead discussion. You may follow up or re-start
discussion with follow-up questions as prepared.
Conclude discussion by highlighting major points
from discussion + relation to course objective
Don't march through entire reading assignment,
seeking complete coverage.
Don't focus on the author's biography or force the text
to conform to external facts.
Instead of biographical reading