I enjoy using Reading for Meaning exercises to encourage close reading, original thought, and discussion in the classroom. After students read Allende's short story, they decide whether the statements are true or false (the statements for this exercise are arguable depending upon how a student interprets the text or how closely they read). After students decide on each statement and document evidence to support their claims, they are ready for class discussion. I have broken students into small groups and read each statement to them, one at a time, for deliberation. Each group must decide on a correct answer to explain aloud to the class (this is great to encourage participation for all students). It's also a nice way to prepare students to find evidence to support claims - as if they were writing an analysis paper.