I’m spending this week trying to learn more about AP tests (at a conference organized by KIPP, thanks!), and in the AP Language and Composition section, we had a fascinating discussion about the use of SOAPSTONE, an acronym for a type of textual analysis. Some people liked the template we were given, some didn’t. I decided to design my own. Regular readers of this blog will notice that it bears some resemblance to the QIEE Organizer (Question-Inference-Evidence & Explanation), a close reading tool which I have blogged about here.
Here is my version: SOAPSTONE Organizer 7-5-16.* I am open to suggestions for how to improve it or complement it. Please feel free to comment!
|Questions||Evidence and Explanation|
· What does s/he value, and how can you tell?
· What can you infer about the speaker?
· What situation/event caused this text to be written?
· To whom is the author writing, and how can you tell?
· What can you infer about the audience’s values/beliefs?
· What is the author’s goal/reason for writing? Be specific.
· What is his/her argument?
· What is the topic of this text?
· What is the author’s attitude toward the subject, and how can you tell?
· How do the diction and imagery point to tone?
*This file can also be found on the TLC Website “Analyzing Literature” page.
PS: I also want to send a shout-out to my friends at Great Oaks for inviting me to this useful professional development opportunity!