Refer to the full explanations for these steps on the How to Do A Close Reading of a Prose Passage handout. Then, take notes on your findings here. Make sure that you are bringing your findings back to meaning throughout—don’t just point out examples of the literary elements, for example; think about how their effect on the reader helps to make the author’s points.
1. Initial impression:
2. Second reading impressions:
3. Comparison of first and second impressions:
4. Draft theme statement:
5. Point of view notes:
6. Diction notes and definitions:
7. Figurative language notes and impressions:
8. Vivid imagery notes and impressions:
9. Repetition notes and impressions:
10. Punctuation and syntax notes and impressions:
11. Where the text seems to break down:
12. Relationship to text as a whole:
13. Revised theme statement:
14. Key passages:
15. Quick reaction on another page!

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