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Close reading project checklist

Introduction: In the introduction you are going to summarize and tell me, what you are going to tell me.

Close Reading Project Checklist

Paragraph 2 Who is the author? Respond with more than just a name. What can you figure out about him or her from the piece, and how does that influence the meaning?Where was the author writing (time, location, historical situation)? How does this all affect the meaning of the piece?When was the author writing? Mention the time, location, historical importance. How does it all affect the meaning of the piece?Why is the author writing? Respond with more than just an obvious purpose. What drove the author to take the time and effort to put these words down? What intentions and plans did he or she have?How did the author intend his or her work to be taken and used? Was he or she trying to be controversial or calming? How does this influence the meaning of the piece?

Paragraph 3 Does the author have an original style, or is he or she trying to mimic the style of someone else? Who might the author be trying to sound like, and why?Is he/she trying to relate to a certain group of people? Is he or she trying to separate him- or herself from a group?What words or images are repeated? Which are repeated most, and why? Are there multiple reasons and ways the author says the same thing?Where is the author trying to take a stand, or put you in the setting? Why? What relevance does the language hold to the meaning as a whole?Why did the author use one word and not another? What connotations is he or she trying to use in the piece and in word selection?

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Conclusion:In the conclusion you are going to summarize and tell me, what you just told me in the piece.

Paragraph 4 Who was the author trying to reach in the piece?Was there a certain group the author was trying to alienate or address directly?Could the message be meant for multiple audiences? If so, how could the meanings, intentions, or explanations be different to each? Would that be on purpose or accidental?What reaction was the author looking to get from the various audiences? Could the piece be read from multiple perspectives and seen multiple ways?How would people from different time periods or those who have different experiences read this selection, compared to you and your classmates?

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Check list: -I have 5-paragraphs including an introduction and conclusion. -I have answered the questions using quotes from the text to support my conclusions.-I have used proper grammar (MLS) style.


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