Correctly use the conventions of the English language Sample Strategies to Stimulate Reflective Thinking

• Collect possible occasions for reflection: Keep a journal chart of everything that happens during a 24-hour period. List the particular conversations overheard, scenes observed, incidents experienced in the left column and the general life-symbols they might represent in the right.

For example:

Particular Occasion Possible Extension of Meaning

Sliver in the finger

Pain - the little things that hurt so much

Gossip with Sue about Tim and Beth

The fine line between curiousity and maliciousness; reputations lost; others controlling our lives

Cutting down the orchard for a new mall

Pitfalls of progress; entrepreneurship

Smell of coffee brewing in the morning

Security; routines

• "Freewrite" about an occasion from the chart. Write for 10 minutes, exploring your thoughts about one occasion and the symbol it suggests. The goal of this writing is to record your thoughts as you think them. So, just put your ideas down as they come, letting one idea suggest another. If you find yourself changing your mind from the one thought to the next, that's fine. Don't erase the first; just include the new thought. Your aim is to learn what you think about the idea that the occasion has stimulated, and if you have enough to say about it to use in a reflective essay later.

• Keep a dialectical journal in response to literature. As you study a book (Of Mice and Men, for example), respond to significant quotations, stretching thinking from the concrete to the abstract. A possible chart might look like this:

Quotation from text

Response-meaning in text

Personal Response-what I think of the idea

Reflective Response-what it says about the world

"Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is."

The boss doesn't believe that George could just be Lennie's friend. He is not used to seeing true friendship.

There is a lot of suspicion among these men. It must be hard to live together and not be friends. Breeds distrust.

Men live in their own shells. Alienation. Living together without trust is worse than living alone. Mistrust.

• Imitate reflective writing. Using a published piece of reflective writing, analyze one part. Look at what the writer does and the effect it has on the whole piece. Using your own occasion as a start, imitate that author. Work to imitate the style as well as the thinking process.

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