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Abstraction Ladder. Way of classifying information from abstract (general) to concrete (specific) . Level 4: Abstractions Level 3: Noun Classes, broad group names with little specification Level 2: Noun Categories, more definite groups Level 1: Specific, Identifiable nouns.

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Abstraction ladder

Abstraction Ladder

  • Way of classifying information from abstract (general) to concrete (specific)

Level 4: Abstractions

Level 3: Noun Classes, broad group names with little specification

Level 2: Noun Categories, more definite groups

Level 1: Specific, Identifiable nouns


Abstraction ladder cont

Abstraction Ladder Cont.

  • “...if Level One abstraction is used in writing, the audience will understand what ideas and concepts are being discussed...If a writer is trying to describe a person, and she mentions that the protagonist wore Birkenstock's and a jeans skirt, an image is evoked in the reader's mind…if the writer says the protagonist was dressed in casual attire, the reader's impression of the character is not as strong, and the audience will be free to interpret the writer's meaning in ways…using the levels of abstractions carefully will help convey meaning to the audience.”

    -Jan Streever [http://ol.scc.spokane.edu/jstrever/comp/Summer201/hw3.htm ]


Abstraction ladder activity

Abstraction Ladder Activity

  • Each table will have a zip lock bag with three sets of different colored cards. Each color set represents one abstraction ladder example.

  • In pairs, take one of the colors and try to re-create the abstraction ladder, going from abstract to concrete (level 4 to level 1). Compare and discuss as a table when you think you are done.


Show and tell article

“Show and Tell” Article

  • Read the “Show and Tell” article independently and make annotations on the sidebar provided.

  • You may highlight, but that alone does not count as annotating. You MUST provide commentary/question the text in a close reading format to receive credit.

  • What you do not finish in class is homework.


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