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Close Reading. Implied meaning. Implied meaning is a meaning that isn't explicitly stated. So an implied meaning question is something like when the teacher asks: 'Are you not too hot in that jacket?'

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Close reading

Close Reading


Implied meaning

Implied meaning

  • Implied meaning is a meaning that isn't explicitly stated. So an implied meaning question is something like when the teacher asks: 'Are you not too hot in that jacket?'

  • It sounds like the teacher is concerned for the person, but the implied meaning is: ‘take your jacket off in class’.


Contrast

Contrast

  • Two different ideas or images placed next to each other for effect.

  • Example: ‘The north of the country is full of towering, majestic, perilous mountains. The south has gently rolling hills.

  • Example question: ‘How does the writer’s word choice emphasise the contrast between the north and south of the country?’


Summarise

Summarise

  • A question might ask you to summarise a section of the passage.

  • This basically means you need to pick out key information and write it in your own words.


Evaluating the text

Evaluating the text

  • What makes this article/extract appealing to readers?

    • Content – the ideas/stories are interesting.

    • Characters – the people and the way they are described is interesting and makes us want to find out more about them

    • Setting – the setting (in the past, in another country etc) is interesting.

    • Use of language – the writer’s use of language is interesting/skilful/entertaining.

    • Tone – the humorous tone is entertaining; the persuasive tone makes the think; the chatty tone engages the reader etc

    • Any other feature of language.


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  • Evaluating imagery

    • This simile is effective because it ...

  • How does sentence structure help you to understand?

    • E.g. The use of repetition emphasises an idea; the use of a colon to provide more information; the use of a list to give examples; the use of parenthesis to provide extra information.

  • Word choice

    • Remember the denotation and connotation of words.

  • If a question asks ‘why’ does a writer include an idea or a language feature then think: to entertain; to inform; to emphasise etc.


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  • Use headings and bullet points especially if a question has two or more parts. E.g. ‘Comment on both word choice and structure.’

  • If a question asks you to quote a phrase then only pick out a few words (4 or 5 max). Do not quote a full sentence.


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