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Milton Discussion Questions

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  1. Sign up for one of the dates and texts listed below. You may sign up as a group with up to 3 members.
  2. Create a link and a new page.
  3. On the page, write out at least three critical questions that you think would spur some discussion among your classmates. Remember, critical questions cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. They rarely involve plot or simply what happens in a poem, since we will often all agree on this, leaving little to discuss. Good critical quesions typically ask why something is the way it is: why the poet has made a particular choice and what are the effects of that choice. Good critical quesions often drive toward different possible interpretations: one element might point to some idea about a character, speaker, or event, while another element in the language might point toward a contrasting reading of the same character, speaker, or event.
  4. Make sure you have thought about your own answers to your questions--in fact, you ought to think of multiple answers to the same question. This is a good test of whether the question is in fact a critical question, and when your classmates offer a response, you can add, "Yes, but ...." and supply a second answer.
  5. Briefly run a discussion in class: ask your questions, field some various answers, and provide your own thoughts.


Be sure your questions are up on the wiki at least one day before your date, so that students have a chance to look at them as them before class.








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