Close reading is an interaction that involves observation and interpretation between the reader and a text. It means rereading and reflecting to come to new conclusions and understandings about the ideas that a text sets out. Source: http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2014/08/22/what-exactly-do-we-mean-by-close-reading-anyway
Blah, blah, blah...the above definition is definitely correct, but what does it look like when you are required to closely read a text? Well, in this class, close reading will be completed using the "multidraft strategy." Yes, when reading some pieces of text, you will need to read it three times. During each of these readings, you will focus in on a different aspect of the text.
1st Read: The first time you read a text, read to gain its basic meaning. If you are reading a narrative text, look for story basics: what happened, to whom, and why. If the text is nonfiction, look for its main ideas. If you are reading poetry, read first to get an overall sense of the poem and its speaker. Also take note of its mood or setting.
2nd Read: During your second reading of the text, focus in on the artistry or effectiveness of the writing. Look for text structures and the think about why the author chose those organizational patterns. Then, examine the author's creative uses of language and the effects of that language. For example, has the author used hyperbole? alliteration? repetition? allusion? if so, to what end?
3rd Read: Once you have completed your third reading, begin to synthesize your ideas. To do so, compare and contrast the text to others of its kind you have read. Then, think about the message the work conveys and is it original and/or valid. Then evaluate the text's overall effectiveness and whether or not it has broadened your understanding.
Source: Prentice Hall Elements of Literature Common Core Edition
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