Close Reading Paper
You have 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the close reading paper.
There will be 2 (usually) non-fiction passages to read which are tied together by a common theme.
Each passage has it's own set of questions for you to answer, as well as a question(s) on both passages asking you to compare them.

Previous Passages


  • What will the passages be about?
    • We don't know, in fact, you will know before we do!
    • But the passages will present the viewpoints of two writers/journalists on a topic

  • What kind of articles/passages will we be expected to read?
    • The passages are usually “discursive”
    • This means the articles present ideas, opinions or points of view on a particular topic
    • The passages are not usually extracts from fiction

  • Where do the passages come from?
    • The passages are usually written by journalists and taken from articles in quality newspapers. Often the passage will specify that it has been taken from: “The Glasgow Herald”, “The Guardian” or “The Times” or “The Economist”
    • The more familiar you are with broadsheet newspapers the better prepared you will be for your passages
    • Every word, sentence, image, and punctuation mark is designed to present their ideas to the reader
    • The writer will adopt a tone, stance or viewpoint and present ideas, opinions and arguments to the reader

  • What have been the topics of previous passages?

Year

Topic
Passage 1
Source
Passage 2
Source
2007
Libraries
George Kerevan
The Scotsman
The Times
Ben Macintyre
2008
Countryside
Shades of Green
David Sinclair
The Times
Richard Morrison
2009
Carbon Footprint
The Telegraph
Janet Daley
The Guardian
Leo Hickman
2010
Cities
The Observer
Deyan Dudjic
The Dreaming City
Gerry Hassan/Melissa Mean/Charlie Tims
2011
Video Games
The Times
Steven Johnson
The Telegraph
Boris Johnson
2012
Olympics

The Independent
James Lawton

Types of Questions


There are three types of question in Higher Close Reading:


Each one should be approached in a different way. However, the important point to accept about Close Reading is that to a large extent they are all understanding questions.

You need to understand fully what you are reading or it is difficult to answer the analysis and evaluation questions.

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