Interrogating the Text: Reading Closely, Reading Critically

Interrogating the Text: Reading Closely, Reading Critically

CRA Description : 
This assignment will guide the students to become more expert readers by asking them to actively interrogate a text. Students will analyze a passage by breaking it down into its component parts, looking at how each part functions in the overall performance of that text. The goal of this assignment is for good questioning to become common practice in the classroom. Interrogating the Text is not meant to be a one-time activity. It is a method used to help students develop as active readers who critically explore the texts they read.
Subjects: 
Independent Study
English Language Arts
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Annotate
Argument
Audience
Expository
Figurative Language
Imagery
Interrogate
Irony
Literal
Mood
Narrative
Paradox
Plot
Point of View
Summarize
Theme
Tone
Prior Knowledge: 
Students will use the academic vocabulary they have previously learned for textual analysis (e.g. ethos, pathos, logos, claim, support, plot, tone, theme, mood, imagery, types of figurative language, etc.). Students should know how to use details from the text to support their arguments. Students should be familiar with discussion etiquette and group work. Students should be comfortable using word processing software and have prior understanding of and practice in all parts of the writing process, including invention, drafting, revision, and proofreading.