“Books train your mind to imagination to think big.” – Taylor Swift
The virtual Edfinity Learn Seminar was conducted at SAI International School on Friday, September 28, 2018. Sixty students from Class IX took part in the seminar which introduces students to close reading, a strategy that invites learners to rigorously investigate a text for as much meaning as possible.
The hour-long Close Reading 101 session, started with giving the students to solve a Mathematics puzzle. The enthusiastic students came up with different ways to solve it. It was followed by an in-depth discussion on the Sonnet, ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day’ by William Shakespeare. The students learnt to understand the poem through its theme, paraphrasing, connotation, attitude and tone of the literary piece. They also got to know that the texts often hold much more meaning than one read can reveal.
Students learnt the importance of determining the meaning of words, examine key phrases, and to identify important statements. The seminar enabled students to understand critical reading strategy and model as well as uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension.
Close reading is a strategy which requires students to read and revisit short, complex passages. It is extremely engaging, productive and confidence-boosting and helps the students to develop skills like critical thinking leading to academic success.