Reading is something most of us practice daily; we read newspapers, magazine, novels and textbooks. However, reading a newspaper differs from reading literature. For one thing, the purpose for reading each one is different, and, therefore, the method must also vary. Reading literature is usually required for your English learning. Although you may feel that reading is the simple task of picking up your book and going through it from cover to cover, there are certain hints that will make reading easier, more understandable, and, in the long run, less time-consuming and more enjoyable.
Literature is an art which uses language carefully to portray a message to society. The following are a few points that may help make your next reading assignment easier to complete.
ENGLISH FORM 2 TOPIC 9 INTERPRETING LITERARY WORKS
Analyzing short stories
In form One and now in form Two, you have read short stories such as Mabala the Farmer and Kalulu the Hare. You must make reading stories a habit especially if your school has a library. If you do so your vocabulary will improved and you will gain confidence in taking part in class discussions. Choose a book that you can finish reading in one week. A short story is interesting if it answers the following features:
What is the meaning of the title? Who is the author?
Does the story happen in one place or many places? Does it last for a short period or does it have several episodes at different times?
Who are they? Do they change their habits? Why are they interesting?
What problem does the main character face? How is the problem solved? Is the story believable?
Does the author use hints, repletion, songs, dialogue or other techniques?
How does it relate to the society?
How does the story touch the feelings of the readers?