The class was presented with a bag, filled to the zipper with various items I might typically bring along. Each item was presented and then table teams were asked to determine which item seemed most important to them and should be repacked.
The selections from table groups were varied, of course. Then, I told the class that we needed to pack the bag for going to the pool. Suddenly, the towel, swimsuit, goggles, and sunscreen were vital.
Then we packed the bag for a trip the airport and a plane ride. Sunscreen and goggles no longer mattered - but books, drawing paper, a travel puzzle and iPad/headphones were deemed important.
Finally, we packed the bag for a hike at Tuckahoe. Sunscreen made the cut again, as did the compass, the bug repellant, hiking socks and knee braces.
When we didn't know the purpose of the trip or WHY we were packing the bag, the choice of what was important to include was much harder. As soon as the class had a purpose, a destination, then items stood out as being more or less necessary.
Reading with purpose is just like this. When you know why you're reading or what you're looking for, finding this information is significantly easier. We will be returni