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Key terms & concepts

“On these occasions I read quickly, voraciously, almost skimming, trying to get as much into my head as possible before the next long starvation.” - Margaret Atwood

Study groups

Time perspective: 16 lessons
Working method: Group work
Product: Thorough reading, discussion and analysis of the book
Aims of the exercise: Reading, communication and analysis

  • An effective study group consists of people that are equally invested and share common goals. An ideal group should have between three and five people. Short sessions are likely to be rushed, whereas longer sessions might lose effectiveness and productivity.
  • Show up prepared
  • Stay organised and focused. This is easier said than done, but stay organised by choosing a group leader and/or assigning different roles for group members.
  • Create a format. Create a basic structure for each of your meetings. Choose subject, focal points and decide on homework if you must.
  • Pick an appropriate meeting place. We will meet at the beginning and end of each lesson, but if the study groups are effective and responsible, other arrangments can be made.
  • You must forward a Google docs or similar to mr@morsoe-gym.dk in which you provide details of your work during each lesson. It is recommended to summarise each chapter as well as finding interesting quotes and attaching analytical terms to your observations.

  • Chapter 1-10

    Time perspective: 4 lessons
    Working method: Group work, individual reading
    Product: A brief, written overview of the first ten chapters

    After the first four lessons, there will be a class discussion of the first ten chapters of the book. Click here to see a list of keywords that may or may not be brought up during the class discussion.