Lesson Plan - Get It!
Life can be like a work of art: people can interpret it so many ways. Can you think of a time when you experienced something with a friend or family member, but came away with a totally different understanding of it?
It is often hard to figure out the meaning of past events based on the evidence we have.
Take a look at this famous very-short story, The Scarlatti Tilt, by Richard Brautigan. Then, write out your interpretation of the story:
- What do you think happened?
- Why do you think so?
- What are other possible interpretations?
- What are the actual facts in the case?
- What information would help you make a better decision?
Share the story with a parent or teacher and see if his or her interpretation is different from yours, or, if not, challenge each other to come up with different explanations.
- What causes this story to be open to multiple interpretations?
- What causes life events to be open to multiple interpretations?
- Write your responses in your notebook, then share and discuss with a parent or teacher.
Now, continue on to the Got It? section to try your powers of interpretation!