TITLE OF THE STORY
How does the title help to grasp the main idea of the text?
SUBJECT MATTER OF THE STORY
Define the subject matter[i] of the text.
What is/are the problem/s the author is trying to solve?Our
Which of the problems he hasn’t solved?
STRUCTURE OF THE TEXT
What are the major parts of the text? Outline those parts.
How are the major parts connected?
What is the setting of each part of the text?
PLOT OF THE SELECTED EPISODE
What is the role of this selection in the novel/story at large?
What happened before and after the selected events?
Give a brief summary of the main events.
Pick out verbs and adjectives characterizing each of the personages.
Take notice of the manner of speech of the characters.
What do you learn about the characters through their inner speech?
What do you get to know about the characters (age, social status, speech, habits, educational level, psychological traits, attitude to surrounding people and problems, the attitude of other people to the character under consideration )
Who is the main character’s antagonist?
MAIN IDEA OF THE TEXT
What is the main idea of the text?
How is the main idea conveyed to the reader?
What is the mood prevalent in the passage?
Speak about the choice of words in the text. How do they characterise the author’s attitude to events and characters?
Say what you understood after having read the text.
Express your reservations/agreements/disagreements with the author’s points of view.
Show where the author is uninformed/misinformed/illogical.