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AVID- How to Chart a Text

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Jamie Fioramonti

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Transcript of AVID- How to Chart a Text

How do I use it? When should I use it? Analyzing the Text's Macro-structure Charting the Macro-Structure when Not permitted to write on the text There two ways to chart a text: Macro-structure and Micro-structure.

The macro-structure or larger-structure of a text analyzes its organizational features in order to evaluate how the structure of the text influences the meaning

The micro-structure of a text analyzes what an author is doing at the sentence and/or paragraph level. This allows you to focus on the deliberate choices the author makes when constructing meaningful paragraphs. When analyzing the macro-structure of a text:
1. Scan the text identifying structural features (introductory material, evidence, support, examples, etc.)
2. Draw lines in the text to separate or isolate these sections
3. Write a concise statement that explains what the section is about and how the section is construced.

When analyzing the micro-structure:
1. Evaluate what individual paragraphs in the text are doing
2. Reread the sections you plan to chart so you can clearly see what the author is doing

To read sophisticated material- texts with complex arguments and/or elaborate constructions.
Eventually you will develop the capability to chart longer sections of text with little trouble!! To gain
insight into how authors construct meaning
deeper understanding of the texts you read

This will allow you to dicuss and write about texts with orginality and sophistication! Use sticky notes and/or sticky flags!!

Mark a sticky note at the beginning and end of the section of text you wish to isolate.

Using either the top or bottom sticky note:
- write a concise statement that explains what the section is about
- how the section is constructed
- how the author intends to use this section How to Chart a Text 1. Scan the text identifying structural features (introductory material, evidence, support, examples, etc.)
2. Draw lines in the text to separate or isolate these sections
3. Identify other organizational features in the text (titles, subsections, visual material, etc.) that may affect the meaning of the text
4. Write concise statements in the margins that explain what the section is about, how it is constructed, and how the author intends to use the section
Use the following questions to help guide your analysis:
How does the text proceed?
How does the author construct his or her arguments?
What is the author DOING in this section?
What does the author do first, second, and third?
How is the author using titles and subtitles?
Where in the text does the author use visuals, introduce the topic or argument, or discuss the topic or subject you are studying?
Where in the text does the author provide examples, evidence or support?
Where in the text do we learn about the author's purpose Why should I use it? What is it? Tips:
Use the charting table (in guide) - to see the difference between what the author is saying and doing in a paragraph.
Use the charting verbs list (in guide)

Eventually, you will want to move away from the table and chart in the margins but wait until you have a firm grasp of this technique.
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