Students helped create a collection of notes outlining what elements need to attempt to be used when answering a Close and Critical question #1) What does the text say? Elements mentioned by students include but are not limited to: 1) A properly crafted paragraph with an introduction, body of evidence, and a conclusion. 2) Answers the 5W's - Who, What, When, Where, and Why? 3) Avoids using "In the article..." 4) Make sure that writing conventions are being observed (Spelling/grammar/punctuation).
Close and Critical question #2) How does the author say it? 1) Who is the author and what is the name of the material? 2) What type of writing is it? fiction or nonfiction? 3) What genre is it? Mystery, horror, comedy, drama, romance, science fiction, fantasy, news, poetry? 4) Why? It inform, to entertain, to be funny, to be persuasive? 5) What about the format stands out? Bold fonts, images, subheadings, quotes? 6) What figurative language if any was used? Alliteration, assonance, idioms, onomatopoeia, rhyme, similes, metaphors?