Reading Closely: Drawing on the Power of Literary Studies to Boost Student Learning
Close reading techniques for use in multiple disciplines
We all think we do it…but do we do it…closely?
This session will demonstrate “close reading” techniques (a mainstay of literary criticism) as a useful practice for those who read and teach non-literary texts. Reading closely with students can enhance the quality of instruction and improve student learning in multiple disciplines.It can also help settle us into deeper reading even in our busy day-to-day lives.
Participants will do and share close readings to experience the “boost” and power of sustained attention to language and meaning. Because reading closely can be, believe it or not, powerful and super rewarding!
Goals and Objectives:
- To introduce faculty and staff to a mainstay of literary critical practice in a fun and enjoyable way.
- To encourage faculty and staff to pick and chose from a number of techniques that might work for them. Such as: noting key words, noting repetitions, making connections to similarly framed ideas within the text. Ultimately finding ways that will enhance their reading and teaching and working lives.