ERIC Number: ED123588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Getting the Message Via Content Analysis.
Roberts, Patricia L.
This paper discusses some of the procedures for assessing specific content in books, suggests some ideas for activities which adolescents could select to demonstrate that they can recognize and judge certain elements in books, and lists several cautions which need to be considered when analyzing content. The first procedure in a content analysis might be to ask the adolescent reader to become acquainted with the beginning of the story and to meet the main character or characters. The second step for a content analyst is to recognize and judge setting. There are six key words which may help the reader recognize setting: social, economic, religious, physical, political and psychological. The third step for the content analyst might be to recognize and judge the plot. The next steps are to compare and contrast the personality characteristics of the main characters at the beginning and at the end of the selection and to recognize and judge the theme in realistic fiction. Teachers are warned that content analysis procedures should be used as guides and encouraged to allow the adolescent reader to be creative in attaining the general spirit of these procedures. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (New York, New York, May 1975)