Do you want to empower your students with the skills to read challenging texts independently?
When you use this guide with your students, they will
• know how to break down a text for a timed essay
• sharpen their critical thinking skills
• be less likely to fall for manipulative journalism or advertisements
• read literature on a deeper level
• enjoy understanding how authors use literary elements to create meaning
• be prepared for the SAT or AP exams
• appreciate great art in a new way
• understand how literary elements create meaning in a text
What makes this guide different from all of the other close reading handouts that you’ll find online is that it explains the process in a way that actually makes sense to students. Simply instructing them to fill in boxes or point out literary elements doesn’t teach them any skills. Instead, the explanations included here will help you and your classes make sense of the close reading process so that your students will be able to take the lessons learned and apply them to any text.
The questions and handout in this resource can be used for any text, but they will work especially well on a challenging or dense passage of non fiction or fiction.