Close Reading Worksheet

Close Reading Worksheet
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I have developed this resource to help my students do close reading. It prints on a single page as two half-sheet worksheets. It comprises a series of easy-to-understand questions to ask to get started doing close reading. It concludes by asking students to collect the clustered answers to help them arrive at possible meaningful interpretations for short segments of literary texts. Drawing on questions that pay close attention to textual features as well as simplified literary criticism, students can use this during in-class activities and as a guide for completing interpretive papers in language arts and focused literature classes. I use this several times each semester, first together with my students, then allowing them to break into groups to work on segments of text together. I tell them that they don't have to answer all questions for every text, but to apply the relevant questions to the text they've chosen. I'm convinced that every student can use these questions to help them write more meaningful interpretive papers and to read and interpret poetry and prose more critically. I have been working to develop this for almost 10 years; students groan when it's time to take it out (it takes at least 15-20 minutes when done well), but every time they produce worthwhile insights.
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1 page
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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