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Close Reading "B.R.A.I.N."

In depth reading skills
by

Amy Edmonds-Frost M.S.

on 3 September 2015

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Transcript of Close Reading "B.R.A.I.N."

Break it down!
- Chunk the text into smaller parts
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- Number your paragraphs off

Read & Reread!
- Read one paragraph at a time.
- Reread for better understanding
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One paragraph at a time!
Annotate & Address!
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What does that mean?
A scandal is pretty intense!
Issue is the
main idea!!!
????
"deflategate"
mentally
disabled...yikes
luv me
some
football!
I
know about
the NFL!
- Make notes within the text
Use these symbols as annotations (quick notes) within your text.
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Dictionary:
clumsy
awkward
CBS Sports:
Tom Brady's under-filled football
- Clarify the unknown
Interpret the text
- Identify tone and main idea
- Summarize the content
Look for signs that indicate the author’s tone or attitude about the material.
Tone
As we know, perspective can be positive, negative, or neutral. However, TONE expands on that and generally expresses an emotion that comes across from reading "between the lines" of the text.
Let's look at word choices
What's the author's
tone/attitude?

DENOTATIVE:
CONNOTATIVE:
Language is literal (from the dictionary), concrete, without any room for interpretation.
Example of DENOTATIVE text:
The athlete suffered a debilitating injury. Unable to play pro-ball anymore, he became inactive and heavy set.
debilitating
inactive
heavy set
Word choices:
NEUTRAL-
Tone: objective, no opinion.
A positive or negative feeling that a word creates in addition to its literal meaning .
Example of CONNOTATIVE text:
The athlete suffered a paralyzing injury. Unable to play pro-ball anymore, he became powerless and gained weight.
paralyzing:
powerless:
gained weight:
Word choices:
Example of CONNOTATIVE text:
The athlete suffered a weakening injury. Unable to play pro-ball anymore, he became lazy and obese.
weakening:
lazy:
obese:
Word choices:
NEGATIVE -
Tone:
ornery, sour, harsh
POSITIVE-
Tone:
sympathetic,
concerned
"It's not what you say,
it's HOW you say it!"
Main Idea
The main idea is the overall fact, feeling, or thought a writer wants to convey about his or her subject
Two important characteristics of a main idea include:
1. GENERAL: It is general enough to encompass all of the ideas in the passage.
2. ASSERTION: An assertion is a statement made by the writer.
Navigate the rest!
- Don't forget to view other details: titles, footnotes, captions, etc.

More details to come in the future!
You'll see more of this
in our next lesson!
Read the captions
for more information!
Look at titles and subtitles
Always use your B.R.A.I.N. when reading closely!
Copy titles and bullets!
Copy titles and bullets!
Copy titles and bullets!
Copy titles and bullets!
Copy titles and bullets!
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