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Close Reading: Lessons for Women

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Raven Warford

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Transcript of Close Reading: Lessons for Women

Close Reading: Lessons for Women
Passage under Discussion
I, the unworthy writer, am unsophisticated, unenlightened, and by nature unintelligent, but I am
fortunate both to have received not a little favor from my scholarly father, and to have had a (cultured)mother and instructresses upon whom to rely for a literary education as well as for training in good manners. More than forty years have passed since at the age of fourteen I took up the dustpan and the broom in the Ts’ao family. During this time with trembling heart I feared constantly that I might disgrace my parents, and that I might multiply difficulties for both the women and the men (of my husband’s family). Day and night I was distressed in heart, (but) I labored without confessing weariness. Now and hereafter, however, I know how to escape (from such fears).Being careless, and by nature stupid, I taught and trained (my children) without system. Consequently I fear that my son Ku may bring disgrace upon the Imperial Dynasty by whose Holy Grace he has unprecedentedly received the extraordinary privilege of wearing the Gold and the Purple, a privilege for the attainment of which (by my son, I) a humble subject never even hoped. Nevertheless, now that he is a man and able to plan his own life,
I need not again have concern for him. But I do grieve that you, my daughters, just now at the age for marriage, have not at this time had gradual training and advice; that you still have not learned the proper customs for married women.

Guiding Questions
Who is the autho
r? (You are not looking to identify the author by name.)
Close reading will require you to read and then reread a text many times
Answers/responses must be supported with evidence from the text
No outside sources are to be used for this project. No research necessary!
What is Close Reading?
"When a reader independently stops at moments in a text (media or life) to re-read and observe the choices an author has made. He/she reflects on these observations to reach new understandings that can color the way the rest of the book is read (or song heard, life lived) and thought about." Chris Lehman,Author of
Falling in Love with Close Reading
"Essentially, close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning..." Nancy Boyles
Lesson 8: Audience
1. Who was the author trying to reach in this piece?
Understanding your Assignment
: This is a 5-Paragraph Essay!
:  Briefly give a synopsis on thoughts and feelings of Lessons For Women. Introduce your main topics of discussion (the author and her purpose, the style of writing, and intended audience).
3-Body Paragraphs
1st paragraph should discuss the author and her purpose
2nd paragraph should discuss the author’s style of writing
3rd paragraph should discuss the author’s intended audience.
: restate your thesis, summarize the main point from each body paragraph.
**Direct quotes are REQUIRED for each topic of discussion**

The author appears to be a servant, someone of lower to middle class. It is clear the author of Lessons for Women is someone of lower to middle class because in the piece it states; "...forty years have passes since at the age of fourteen I took up the dustpan and broom in the Ts'ao family." This shows the author was a servant to someone of upper class. Additionally, her middle class is attributed to her education; "...I am fortunate both to have received not a little favor from my scholarly father, and to have had a (cultured) mother and instructressess..." With education being a topic of discussion, it shows that she was somewhat educated. The author's background is important to consider because it demonstrates her viewpoint on how women should behave.
The Process
Lesson 7: Author's Style & Word choice
1. What words are repeated most and why? Are there multiple reasons and ways the speaker says the same thing?
Not every text is appropriate
for students to read closely. For example, while you enjoy reading
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
books, these novels offer simple story lines and vocabulary that are easily understandable.

When you're done reading them, they don't leave you pondering deep ideas.
Close reading should leave you considering though-provoking messages that go beyond the text
I think the author is (make at least TWO claims)…
The reason I think this is because….
One piece of evidence from the text to support my response is (include a direct quote)…
A second piece of evidence from the text to support my response is (include a direct quote)….
This information is important to consider because (explain how this information influences the meaning of the text)…
2. Does the author have original style, or is he/she trying to mimic the style of someone else? Who might the author be trying to sound like, and why?
2. What reaction was the author trying to get from the various audiences? Could the piece be read from multiple perspectives and seen multiple ways?
Send me steps 1-4 for lesson 8 in the weblink provided in the Adobe room
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