ERIC Number: ED278953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Right Brain Activities to Improve Analytical Thinking.
Lynch, Marion E.
Schools tend to have a built-in bias toward left brain activities (tasks that are linear and sequential in nature), so the introduction of right brain activities (functions related to music, rhythm, images, color, imagination, daydreaming, dimensions) brings a balance into the classroom and helps those students who may be right brain oriented. To study Orwell's "1984" in an advanced reading class, activities were developed that used clustering (a technique that involves brainstorming and free associating and that fosters right brain activities) as a basis for information processing. Clusters were used to review the characters--first male and then female--and the story, and all information was written on the blackboard simultaneously so that the students could see the relationships between the characters and the society. The symbolic meaning of the characters, their behavior and their significance was explored in group discussions. By understanding the characters, the students were thinking creatively, seeing relationships and understanding the complexities of the book. Clustering, a right brain activity, helps students process information in a more balanced way, by aiding in perceiving, in understanding, in analyzing and drawing conclusions. (Several illustrations of group clusters are appended.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Brain Hemisphere Functions, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Learning Activities, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Secondary Education, Skill Development
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Clustering (Reading); Orwell (George)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, May 5-9, 1985).