An awesomely-'80s PBS video to show DR-TA at work with in a fictional classroom.



Apply the DR-TA strategy to a poem, such as "Kitchenette Building" by Gwendolyn Brooks.

What do you predict the poem will be about based on the title?



Now, read the first stanza of the poem:
We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”




Do you need to alter your prediction at this point? Go ahead, if it is necessary. On to stanza 2!

But could a dream send up through onion fumes
Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes
And yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall,
Flutter, or sing an aria down these rooms





Unless you have read this text before, I doubt your original prediction is unaltered. Go ahead and change it again if you would like. Now to stanza 3!

Even if we were willing to let it in,
Had time to warm it, keep it very clean,
Anticipate a message, let it begin?




Consider what your prediction is for the final stanza. How will Brooks end the poem? How will the speaker end up?

We wonder. But not well! not for a minute!
Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now,
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.


I like to think Brooks adds a bit of humor at the end of the poem. How do you feel about the poem as a whole? How did your predictions change based upon what you read? Does your original prediction seem a little silly at this point? That's fine!