Close Reading Strategies Introduction Activity

I want a way to introduce Close Reading to my students that will help them understand both the Why and the How behind the strategy.  I am a big fan of David Therialt’s blog, “The Readiness is All” and his approach the analyzing a text or piece of artwork through the  S.C.O.U.T. and T3 design.  I give him complete credit for the PowerPoint that I created and will share with you.  In it, I wanted to achieve two objectives:

1.  Introduce students to the strategy and terminology

2.  Allow for guided practice

SCOUT and T3 Intro PPT

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For each strategy, I outlined what to look for, a poem to allow students to witness and participate in a close reading analysis, and a piece of visual rhetoric for them to practice themselves.

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