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.

3 Comments:

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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