Monday, March 19, 2007

Close Reading

I think this post by Dr. Crazy on close reading is worth looking at. I also think her strategies for teaching close reading sound promising. And perhaps other people have thoughts on the matter or effective strategies of their own to share.


Blogger rachel said...

I'm glad you posted this. I've had to take a break from her blog as I find the chronicling of her days' activities grating. And thus I missed this, but it's useful.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Michael Elliott said...

I especially like the distinction between "reacting" and "reading," which I think could be really useful in the classroom. But I think the larger value is pointing out how necessary it is to focus attention on close reading as a process. To my mind, this is a particular challenge when teaching fiction (or a different kind of challenge), since students know that they are supposed to be closely reading poetry.

(A complete aside: What's with bloggers and cats?)

10:55 AM  
Blogger rachel said...

One thing that I found useful in reading narrative is asking the students to explicitly think about the relationship of each sentence to the next in a given passage. They seemed to do well with thinking about whether sentences undercut or amplify each other and extrapolating that into a larger reading about the novel.

(re: cats - it's as though the cat community has realized the publicity potential in this new media and worked out some sort of deal with the bloggers. it's strange.)

3:28 PM  

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