Close Reading - CLOSEREADINGOFATEXT ,but .Assuch, ..Itisthe

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CLOSE READING OF A TEXT Close Reading  is a strategy for interpretation that helps you get more out of reading any text, but  especially a literary or religious text. As such, this is a strategy that you can use profitably in any  Humanities or Social Science course. Close reading is micro-reading. It is the attentive reading  of short passages of a text by noting: word use, sentence structure, tone, recurring patterns and  the overall argument. If the text is short—say, the lyrics of a song—the entire text lends itself to  a close reading. If, however, the work is long—say, a novel—then one picks a sample passage  for a close reading and then tries to relate it to the whole work.  Steps in close reading First, read the entire work through  without stopping Now, go back and  re-read the passage with a pencil in hand   Questions to ask as you Reread Diction:  If there are unfamiliar words, run to the dictionary, look them up.  A word often has multiple meanings. Write down 
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Close Reading - CLOSEREADINGOFATEXT ,but .Assuch, ..Itisthe

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