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Copy of close reading comics

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Megan Elston

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of Copy of close reading comics

Close Reading
What is close reading?
2. Annotating (adding notes)
3. Summarizing (action/characters/places/point of view)
4. Looking for patterns in the structure of the text
5. Interpreting words and phrases
6. Comparing and contrasting
...we do close reading with comics!
A comic book or comic strip forces the reader to...
(1) move from frame to frame, giving her or him the opportunity to
(2) zoom in and out on the text, which creates a
(3) build up of textual and visual information
Close reading begins with one frame.
Your eyes will automatically begin to pick up the visual material in a panel when that panel becomes the object of focus.
This happens even if what we're focusing on in the panel isn't the image itself, but the text.
In comics, text and image have equal importance when we're trying to make sense of what we're reading.
Re-reading is built into the pages.
As we zoom in and out on panels, we put the information gathered from the text and images of one panel in context with the rest of the page.
Comics, just like reading a complex text, take practice!
Comics have a rhythm of information and once you've discovered the panels' unique patterns, you are able to take apart more complicated pages, integrating them into your reading.
1. Looking around the text, citing specific evidence
Now it's your turn.
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