We’re still talking about allegory. Today we read Plato’s allegory about the ring of Gyges. Before reading we went over four reading strategies to use when reading something dense and difficult:
1) Chunk and summarize
Draw lines after paragraphs (or groups of short paragraphs) and as you read pause to write a short summary in the margins after each chunk
2) Bracket and dig
If/when you get stuck, embrace the confusion. Mark what section lost you with [brackets] and figure out what the problem is. Do you not understand some of the words? Is the tone different than before? Is someone else speaking and you missed the quotation marks? Is the sentence really long and you’re having trouble following their thoughts?
3) Highlighting and underlining
Sometimes just the act of moving or doing something active helps us focus. Use a highlighter (or pen) to go over the paper. Don’t worry so much about what you’re underlining, but rather why you are underlining (an interesting sentence or idea, a word or phrase you like, something unexpected).
4) Organize key terms
Skim the document the first time and figure out what ideas or words are most important. Put them in boxes on a sheet of paper, and as you come across them in the reading fill in your boxes with quotes/ideas/summaries/questions
For tomorrow, answer these three questions:
- What is the story of the ring an allegory for?
- Do you agree with Plato’s characterizations of human nature?
- Which reading strategy did you choose, and how helpful was it?
Here’s the text: Plato’s ring