Preparation for Close Reading of Text

In preparing for studying text in VCE English, remember that one of the criteria for outcome and exam responses will be a demonstration of close reading of text.

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FIRST READING AS HOLIDAY PREPARATION

Read all texts during the summer holidays Рat least once. If you have a Shakespeare play, you may wish to search YouTube for a  decent performance to help with understanding Shakespearean language. Although in old black & white movies, Orson Welles has provided wonderful interpretations of some plays.

Write a paragraph or two in response to each text. You may make a summary of the storyline, comments on characters or themes or have questions or observations about the text. Alternatively you could write a reflective piece about your summer reading (A4 page). Perhaps bear in mind the Context you will be studying.

SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT READINGS

TAGGING TEXT:

Use colour coded sticky notes to tag pages with significant events, turning points, character development, theme development, symbol & other language use.

You can also tag along the horizontal top of the text for one area (Eg. theme & symbol) and the vertical right side for another (Eg. characterisation/character development/relationship/turning points).

UNDERLINE, HIGHLIGHT & ANNOTATE:

Use pencil initially to underline significant lines & make annotations in margins.

Begin to cross reference pages: Eg. dialogue later shown to be untrue or ironic.

TABULATION OF CHARACTERISATION:

Develop a grid in Word or Excel in which you tabulate symbols, relationships, key quotes, page numbers etc related to particular characters. Ask to see an example.

SUMMARIES:

Begin with dot point summaries about 1. Characters & 2. Plot events.

Work toward writing insightful paragraph summaries for each.

Wishing you enjoyable and insightful reading,

Julie

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One comment on “Preparation for Close Reading of Text

  1. As a student recently reminded me, another useful tool in the tool kit for close reading and analysis of text is an electronic text reader which allows highlighting and annotation : )

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