Close Reading Number 1

UCOR 102
Assignment #1
Close Reading of Charlotte Temple


Susanna Rowson. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

For our first assignment you will write a 2 page close reading based on your study and reading of Charlotte Temple. In doing this assignment focus attention on one specific claim as it relates textual evidence from Charlotte Temple. The close reading must include a thesis that makes a specific claim about Charlotte Temple and the passages that you are focusing on. The paper must use textual evidence from the novel. The paper must also present an analysis of the evidence that is used to support the thesis.

This assignment is a place to do the following:

  1. To explore our ideas through the tools of close reading and writing
  2. Exploring writing as a process through a variety of brainstorming and free-writing exercises
  3. To experiment with stimulating curiosity, raising and developing questions, and fostering the desire to think in sophisticated and nuanced ways about a text
  4. To explore through writing your own ideas about Charlotte Temple
  5. To share your ideas with others through writing

 Assignment and Assessment Goals for Close Reading #1


Title page from an 1814 printing of Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons


  • Selecting appropriate topics based on critical reading, annotating texts, and utilizing prewriting exercises
  • Developing a sophisticated argument appropriate to the college level and supported by your interpretation of compelling and appropriate evidence
  • Integrating and properly citing a primary texts
  • Using appropriate voice and tone for an academic setting

Assignment #1 content and format requirements:

  • Must be argumentative and not merely a report
  • Careful integration of textual evidence through direct quotation and paraphrase
  • 2 full pages
  • Proper MLA paper format and in-text citations
  • Hard-copy of paper and copy of selected textual annotations submitted in class