Probe each argument in persuasive text, each idea in informational text, each key detail in literary text, and observe how these build to a whole.
The previous page suggested several steps to follow when reading, and there are other recommendations on how to improve close reading skills. Below are two college-level handouts and one personal essay about close reading strategies. Read each one. You will select one of the three to use in a writing exercise.
- How to Do a Close Reading - Writing Center at Harvard University (PDF)
- Close Reading: Reading to Write - University of Washington Expository Writing Program (PDF)
- Five Close Reading Strategies - adapted from original blog post by Court Allam (PDF)
Write a brief summary (two or three paragraphs) about close reading strategies as presented in one of the handouts or essay. If necessary, conduct online research to clarify vocabulary or concepts about which you have questions. When completed, submit your work to your teacher, if completing the exercise for class, or have a mentor read over your work and provide feedback on your understanding.