Lets begin with a basic strategy: Say Mean Matter

What happens in the text?
Give a summary of the text.
Use quotes or paraphrase
Include the most important details.
Read “between the lines.”
What do the characters’ words or actions make you think?
How do the actions affect the plot, themes or your view of the characters?
What does the author want you (the audience) to learn?
What is the message, meaning, or moral?
What do you learn about yourself, relationships, or the world from this text?