The Commentary Wheel

by Rachel
(Louisiana)

Commentary Wheel ala Mr. Church

Commentary Wheel ala Mr. Church

In tenth grade English, my teacher gave the class a handout titled "Commentary Wheel". It is basically a pie graph for pre-writing an essay or commentary. He explained that in a poem or short story there is always at least one major theme, tone, purpose, or meaning.


The theme/tone/purpose/meaning a reader gets out of a piece of writing can vary from individual to individual. The important thing is for the person to be able to support the theme/tone/purpose/meaning received. The commentary wheel helps the reader to do just that. The outer sphere is "realm of observation" or the actual things in the work, be it stated setting or the structure or imagery. The inner sphere is "realm of interpretation" or how the setting or imagery (or various other observations) are interpreted by the reader.

I found this wheel to be less confining than some of the more traditional methods of organizing and outlining. It may not work for some but I found it helpful in pulling together my thoughts and observations on other people's writing. It also helped give me structure when I set out to write the essay or commentary. I could use each of the observable realms as supporting paragraph main ideas.

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May 26, 2014
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Found one with Google
by: Rebecca Laffar-Smith

For those asking for a printable copy of the Commentary Wheel, I found one via a quick Google search.

http://ejjteaching.wikispaces.com/file/view/Commentary+Wheel.pdf


May 18, 2014
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I wish I knew a Mr Church too.
by: C Kelly

I'd love a printable version of this also, Its been a struggle remembering everything and the wheel is exactly what I'm looking for.

May 18, 2014
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I wish I knew a Mr Church too.
by: C Kelly

I'd love a printable version of this also, Its been a struggle remembering everything and the wheel is exactly what I'm looking for.

Aug 27, 2012
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I'd love a copy too!
by: Rebecca Laffar-Smith (rebecca.laffarsmith@gmail.com)

I'd love a copy of this wheel where, one where I can read the text on it and get a better idea of how the wheel works. I wasn't lucky enough to have a Mr. Church and I've never seen anything like this before. Thank you so much for sharing.

Feb 18, 2012
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Please send me a printable version!
by: Nina

Hi!
So funny - a la Mr. Church... I had English with him too, in Cairo, Egypt. Can you send me a higher quality scan of the commentary wheel? I haven't seen that thing since high school... it is very useful! Thanks
-Nina

Jan 22, 2010
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Very cool
by: Ella

Where can a get a printable copy of this? It looks useful.

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