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Teaching through Close Reading: Poetry and Fiction

Lucinda H. MacKethan (Fellow, 1984–85)

January 8, 2013

The close reading of challenging primary documents is central to the Common Core State Standards, yet many teachers may be unfamiliar with close reading as an instructional practice. What is it? How does it facilitate the reading and understanding of diverse kinds of texts? How is it done? This seminar addresses those questions by analyzing poetry and fiction, including Common Core exemplar texts. Among other topics it examines how context, purpose, and point of view shape meaning; how an author structures a text and develops arguments; and how figurative language, strategic silences or gaps, and similar tools convey meaning


Literary Criticism / Fiction and Poetry / Pedagogy / Primary Sources / Writing Style /