Close Reading is a type of reading that focuses on in-depth analysis not quickly skimming for content. In this practice-based textbook, students will learn to unfold the text's meaning in relation to its formal and structural elements. Students will learn to read poetry, prose, and drama, as well as how to use close reading for types of writing such as essays or research papers. Lesson chapters and detailed and clearly explain each element to be learned; examples from the genre are included throughout for a simple picture of exactly what the author means. Questions and exercises are also included. High School. 303 indexed pages, softcover.
Written for an Introduction to Literature course, Close Reading allows students to examine the language and structure of a text, as well as the ideas or feelings it expresses, and to investigate the intricate links between form and content. It helps students to see such issues as sound and rhythm, imagery and figurative language, voice, the way characters are portrayed, the importance of setting, plot structure - all the elements that make literature 'literary' - changes the way in which they approach their study of literature. Covers poetry, fiction, and drama.