Name: _________________________ Class Period: __________ Dense Question Worksheet Objective: To develop deeper questioning about texts through connections with the reader, the world, or other literature. Assignment: Complete the chart with the appropriate type of question related to the current reading. You should generate a basic question that the text can answer, and then add to this some component that links the current reading to your own experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. Eventually, you should create a single “dense question.” From this question, you will help lead (or contribute to) a Socratic seminar, or write an essay. Type of Question Description Your Question TEXT Info found in text Who is the antagonist of the play? READER Reader’s experience, values, Have you ever had to defend your ideas integrity/your name? WORLD or OTHER Knowledge of history, other How does Miller’s play reflect the LITERATURE cultures, or other literature time period in which it was written? TEXT/READER Combines knowledge of text What characteristics do you share with reader’s own experiences, with the main character (John values, ideas Proctor)? TEXT/WORLD Combines knowledge of text In what ways do the Salem Witch with knowledge of history and Trials reflect events in today’s cultures world? TEXT/OTHER Combines knowledge of text How does Proctor’s relationship LITERATURE with knowledge of other pieces with his wife, Elizabeth, compare of literature with that of Stanley’s with Stella? READER/WORLD Combines knowledge of How does America’s justice reader’s own experiences with system compare with that in other knowledge of other cultures, countries? Are the accused people always innocent until proven guilty? READER/OTHER Combines knowledge of In what ways are you similar LITERATURE reader’s own experiences with and/or different from Proctor and other pieces of literature Stanley? DENSE QUESTION Combines knowledge of all Why does Proctor choose his fate three areas into one DENSE as he does and in what ways are Text/Reader/World or question people choosing similar paths in Text/Reader/Other Literature life today? Include in your answer a discussion of the extent to which you do or don’t believe this is an unavoidable choice. Adapted from Jim Burke and Leila Christenbury.