Interrogating the Text: Reading Closely, Reading Critically

Close reading is an essential skill for working with complex texts. College students are expected to critically engage with academic, scientific, and literary texts.
Close reading is an essential skill for working with complex texts. College students are expected to critically engage with academic, scientific, and literary texts.
Interrogating a text requires more than marking important passages with a highlighter or taking notes in the margin.
Interrogating a text requires more than marking important passages with a highlighter or taking notes in the margin.
Close reading means applying deliberate thinking processes and study strategies to reading, and re-reading.
Close reading means applying deliberate thinking processes and study strategies to reading, and re-reading.
Interrogating the text involves breaking it up into its component parts, observing word choices and sentence construction, and asking good questions of the text.
Interrogating the text involves breaking it up into its component parts, observing word choices and sentence construction, and asking good questions of the text.
 

About this Assignment

In this assignment, you will learn strategies to take apart dense readings and to deepen comprehension by doing the following:

  • Identify explicit and implicit textual information, including main ideas, overall effect, and any possible "arguments" made by the text.
     
  • Identify and evaluate devices the author uses to create tone and support an argument, idea, attitude, or purpose.
     
  • Draw and support complex inferences from the text to summarize, draw conclusions, and distinguish facts from simple assertions.
     
  • Identify and analyze how an author's use of language appeals to the senses, creates imagery, and suggests mood.