Dialogical Writing / Reading

Once again focusing on the relationship between reader and writer, dialogical writing is an exercise that helps a potential author determines what the readers may desire to know about a particular topic.  By creating a series of question and answer prompts that build off each other, all subtopics within a potential writing assignment can be covered.  After completing this prompt, the Answer/Statement side can be condensed into the actual text.  One example is as follows.

 

Statement

Question

The Seven Years war was the world’s first World War. What do you mean?
It was fought in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Why was it fought in so many places?
Because of entangling alliances and colonial aspirations of England and France. How did entangling alliances cause the war?
Various European nations allied with, and against each other, making a war between two countries involve the entire continent. How were England and France’s colonial aspirations a cause of the war?
England and France had colonies in North America and South East Asia and trading companies in India. Were any other continents involved?
Yes.  Portugal and Spain were on opposite sides, and their battles expanded into South America.  

 

This translates into the following paragraph.

 

The Seven Years War was the World’s first world war.  It was fought in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  The war was caused by a series of entangling alliances and the colonial aspirations of England and France.  The alliances caused multiple nations to become embroiled in war on the European continent, while French and English colonial assets caused battles in North America and India.  South America also saw battles due to Portugal and Spain’s entrance into the war on opposite sides.

 

 

Dialogical reading involves a similar process, but in reverse.  An existing piece of text is dissected through a similar answer and question dialogue to analyze the article’s original meaning.  Let’s use the following article as an example.

 

The T-34 is the most produced tank of WWII and largely considered to be the most successful. Having been produced throughout the war, the T-34 was also being constantly revised and innovated upon, whether that be for technical improvements or production improvements.

Over the course of the war, the Russians managed to reduce the number of parts required for a T-34, while more than halving both its production cost as well as production time, even though experienced factory workers were constantly being sent to the front lines, to be replaced with women and children.

 

As I am not a WWII buff, let’s use the dialogical reading method to dissect the meaning

 

Statement

Question

The T-34 is the most produced tank of WWII, and considered the most successful. Why is that?
The T-34 was constantly being revised an innovated upon to improve performance and production. What did that do?
Russia managed to reduce the number of parts needed to build the tank, while halving its production cost. Why did they need to do that?
Experienced factory workers were constantly being sent to the frontlines to fight, being replaced with women and children.  

 

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