A routine for analyzing the depth of an incident, text, or artwork.
Description: The Main-Side-Hidden thinking routine engages students in forming multiple narratives based on the artifact being examined. Through this process additional questions may arise for exploration.
How to Use the Strategy:
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ELA students made a visual of their thinking regarding the main story, side stories, and hidden stories during a study of the novel
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis.
used in Jari Pathenos' ELA8 classroom.
By understanding an author’s hidden story (theme), we can better make predictions about the main story (conflict, climax, resolution).
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