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Close Reading of Texts
Transcript of Close Reading of Texts
What is Close Reading?
"Close reading describes, in literary criticism, the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of text. Such a reading places great emphasis on the particular over the general, paying close attention to individual words, syntax, and the order in which sentences and ideas unfold as they are read."
Narrative (Author Stance)
What We Emphasize with
Read once for general understanding
Re-read text for specific understanding
Annotate the text, making sure to record your questions, connections, and interpretations
Focus on specific questions of inquiry
Close Reading Strategies
Narrative (Author's Stance)
Who is telling the story or writing the article?
How are they telling the story or information?
What format is the story or article in?
The order in which words appear
Style of writing (format, informal, etc.)
Historical context of document, information, story
Close Reading in Action
Defining it Further
Why re-read a text?
First read: Determine what the text says
Second read: Determine how the text works
Third read: Evaluate quality of content and make connections
-- Tim Shanahan