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From Summary to Interpretation

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<He/she/they> might be <describe what seems to be motivating one or more of the characters to say or do something>, or maybe <give another interpretation of why the character(s) is/are acting this way or making these statements>.

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If <he/she/they> were to <describe what one or more of the characters might do next>, that would imply that <explain what else would have to be true or would logically happen next>. Or <he/she/they> might just be <describe another possible thing that one or more of the characters might do or say> because <explain why this character or these characters might do or say this.>

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Using Information from Outside of the Text

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I <thought that too/was wondering the same thing/saw it differently/had the same question at first>

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But <say where your ideas come from> it <asked/explained/suggested> <describe what your source says>. So that led me to believe that <explain what you are understanding now, after reading this source>.

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Arguing a Different Interpretation

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Or alternatively, the <character(s)> could be saying that <explain your interpretation of what is meant by one or more of the characters’ words here> instead of <explain how this is different from the interpretation suggested in the annotation you are replying to>.

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In this case, <summarize your view of what is happening or being said in this scene> would be to show <big idea the playwright has behind this scene>, so <repeat the big idea> is what this scene shows.

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