Close Reading Number 3

UCOR 102
Assignment #3
Close Reading of The Boarding School

 For our third assignment you will write a 2-page close reading based on your study and reading of The Boarding School and one primary source that is either an image or an object. In doing this assignment focus attention on one specific claim as it relates to a particular passage of The Boarding School and an image or an object. The close reading must include a thesis that makes a specific claim about The Boarding School, the passages that you are focusing on, and your selected object or image. The paper must use textual evidence from the novel and appropriate evidence from your image or object. The paper must also present an analysis of the evidence that is used to support the thesis.

Working with Images or Objects

 For this assignment you’ll have the opportunity to draw upon a primary source of your choice that you will “read” in conjunction with The Boarding School. The selection of your image or object is up to you, but it should be contextually and temporally appropriate to The Boarding School. Use the resources included on our Library Guide to help you find a primary source of interest to you.

This assignment is a place to do the following:

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

 Assignment and Assessment Goals for Close Reading #3

  • 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 evidence from images or objects
  • Using and incorporating primary sources
  • Using appropriate voice and tone for an academic setting

 Close Reading #3 content and format requirements:

  • Must be argumentative and not merely a report
  • Careful integration of textual evidence through direct quotation and paraphrase of The Boarding School
  • Include evidence from your image or object
  • 2 full pages
  • Proper MLA paper format and in-text citations
  • Hard-copy of paper and a print our of your image or object submitted in class