Trends in Literature
Tips for Reading Oryx
- Follow the reading schedule. Do not fall behind. If you
are not prepared for class, the discussion will not be enlightening or
- There will be random discussion grade days, so be sure
participate each day. Each discussion grade will be out of a possible 5.
You will see these appear on Engrade.
- There is reading every night. Do not bury your head in
the sand if you are absent or if I am absent.
- Take reading notes. Fold a piece of paper in half to make
columns. Use post-its. Use index cards. Whatever works. Make note of
characters, write out questions you have, look for patterns, themes, etc.
- At the end of each page, ask yourself, “What happened?”
If you are not sure, reread.
- After reading, refer back to the Chapter Title. Why did
Atwood name this chapter this? Consider how that word/phrase is important
to the whole chapter.
- Use the vocabulary list as you read. If you stumble on a
word, it is likely on the vocabulary sheet I provided. This sheet is also
available at www.surfturk.com on
your HW page.
- There are relevant links to the novel on our HW page.
- You are studying, not just reading for pleasure. Remember
that. Every detail is important.
- Challenge yourself. As you read, what passages do you
think Gokturk will highlight for the quiz?
- Make connections. As you read, consider the real world.
How far away are we? Where do you see evidence of this?
- If you are absent, remember that you have two days upon
your return to make it up or it goes in my book as a NMU (not made up) and
is a zero.
- Extra Credit. Send me links to current events that relate
to the novel as we read.
- Make reading groups. Meet with friends to talk about the
reading. This can help clarify difficult parts.
- See me before class. Want help? Come chat with me 4-2 or
- Envision your final project. Look for inspiration in this
text, the world, and our previous texts. Yours should be high caliber and
fit the course material.
Jimmy (pre- apocalypse) = Snowman
Glenn = Crake