Close Reading

Close Reading - English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Close...

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English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Close Reading (Essay #2): Some Ways to Get Started 1. Circle or underline words or phrases that stick out to you. What grabs you about the passage? What seems to clamor for your attention? What confuses you? Are there words you don’t understand? (Then look them up.) 2. Map out the passage: draw arrows between words, phrases, and images that seem related; make notes in the margins about the connections you find. If you react with your pen(cil), then you’re more likely to remember what struck you when it comes to writing an essay about what you discovered through your reading. 3. Sometimes it’s useful to list all the parts of speech in a short passage or in one section of a longer passage. For instance, list all the adjectives, nouns, or verbs; notice the kind of language the writer uses. Is it coy? Brash? Angry? Intoxicated? Joyful? Musical? Monotonous? Ebullient? Reattach the adjectives to their nouns and consider each noun- adjective pair against the other pairs in the passage. Place the verb with its subject or
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2009 for the course ENGL 118w taught by Professor Tichi during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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