Presentation on theme: "Inquiry 1 Drafts. Why does close reading matter? How analyzing this poem changed the way you think about the nature of memory? It’s significance and expression?"— Presentation transcript:
Why does close reading matter? How analyzing this poem changed the way you think about the nature of memory? It’s significance and expression?
Reader Response Doesn’t have to have a formal thesis statement, but should have a central point. Even though, it is still personal experience, it needs to be offer depth and fresh insight. Reflection vs. reaction? What’s the difference?
Weak introductions “From the beginning of time, people have been afraid of forgetting things.” For reader response: offer a fresh, creative, introduction. For close reading: just jump right into analysis
Reduce explaining poetry interpretation— assume you readers share this perspective “I do not think that many poems have one definite meaning or point because each reader is different. “ We are here to talk about the text!
In close reading… Limit the use of your personal perspective in close reading. Appropriate for reader response but not critical analysis “In my opinion, this poem is doing…” “I really connected with Collins when he wrote…” “I feel” or “I think” Avoid the use of “really”—waters down statement Just assume you are a valid critic and make statements without qualifying it.
Run-ons “The frustration that we see in the second line transfers over into the third line where you get the sense that the author has almost given up on their mind and has accepted that his forgetfulness has spun out of control and there is only one place his mind could be headed.”
Revise to: We see this frustration being in the second line and transfer over to the third line. Here, the author seems to have nearly given up on their mind and has accepted that his forgetfulness has spun out of control.
Fragments No Subject: Went to the store to buy brownie mix. Added Subject: My dad went to the store to buy brownie mix.
More fragments… Purdue offers many majors in engineering. Such as electrical, chemical, and industrial engineering. Purdue offers many majors in engineering, such as electrical, chemical, and industrial engineering.
And more fragments… The current city policy on housing is incomplete as it stands. Which is why we believe the proposed amendments should be passed. Revised:: Because the current city policy on housing is incomplete as it stands, we believe the proposed ammendments should be passed.
Citing poetry properly… Quotations are titles. Properly citing line breaks. He says that, “as if, one by one, these memories you used to harbor/ decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain.” He says that, “as if, one by one, these memories you used to harbor/ decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain” (ln. 4-5).
Key terms imagery: the collection of images within a literary work. Used to evoke atmosphere, mood, tension. For example, images of crowded, steaming sidewalks flanking streets choked with lines of shimmering, smoking cars suggests oppressive heat and all the psychological tensions that go with it.
point of view: the vantage point from which the author presents action of the story. Who is telling the story? An all-knowing author? A voice limited to the views of one character? The voice and thoughts of one character? Does the author change point of view in the story? Why? Point of view is often considered the technical aspect of fiction which leads the critic most readily into the problems and meanings of the story. symbol: related to imagery. It is something which is itself yet stands for or means something else. It tends to be more singular, a bit more fixed than imagery. For example, in Lessing's "A Woman on a Roof," the brief red sun suit seems to symbolize the woman's freedom and independence from externally imposed standards of behavior. tone: suggests an attitude toward the subject which is communicated by the words the author chooses. Part of the range of tone includes playful, somber, serious, casual, formal, ironic. Important because it designates the mood and effect of a work.
Writer’s memo Extended reflections: space to think seriously about the paper and reflect on your writing and its effect Express your thought process behind writing the paper: clearly and casually. Explain why you approached the assignment as they did, to note what they did well in the assignment, and to indicate where they would like constructive criticism
In your writer’s memo discuss… What did you do well in the essay? What could you improve upon in the essay? What sentence or paragraph do you think is most effective and why? What sentence do you find the least effective and why? What have you learned through writing this paper? How have your feelings about the issue changed through writing?
Format Include at the beginning of you paper Should be at least 200 words. Part of your paper so it should be cohesive, well-written and insightful.
In-class work Begin drafting writer’s memo Make a list of questions you want to address in your memo? What haven’t you provided in your reader response? After brainstorming, begin drafting your writer’s memos. Please use this time to also come up and chat with me about your drafts.
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