Titling the Text
This exercise promotes peoples' serious engagement with a piece of writing. Instead of having to summarize key ideas they suggest titles for the text (which is left deliberately untitled).
- To give people practice in reading, analyzing, and discussing a text very closely
- To identify the main ideas in a text and to justify their selection
How It Works
- Participants are given a short untitled article of about seven hundred words—roughly the length of a typical op-ed column—to read on their own.
- Individually they make a few notes about the main idea of the article and think about a possible title for the article.
- In groups of five or six, each member proposes a title and describes how this reflects the ...