Close Reading

Description: Short Writing Exercise
Worth: 15%
Completed: By the end of week 3
Length: 500 words

You will be given a short (unseen) piece of travel writing, and asked to write an analysis of it. Here are some of the points you should consider in your discussion of the passage:

  • What (in your opinion) is the overall intention of the piece? How can you tell?

  • What material does the author focus on? Why do you think this is so?

  • How does the author portray him/herself?

  • How effectively does the author achieve his/her intentions?

  • Give clear quotes or examples to justify your reading.

NB: you should not write a separate response to each of these questions. Write a single answer in essay form, with connected paragraphs, not bullet points.