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Chapter 2 Analytical Reading

 

ANALYSING

A TEXT

What is analytical reading? One of the dictionaries says, "An analytical way of doing something involves the use of logical reasoning." It means that while you read something you use analysis or logical reasoning. Analytical reading enables you to engage with the text and create deep meaning through a variety of processes. These processes include evaluation of the text and answering of some questions connected with the content of the book and its language. You can find here some guidelines for the analysys of the books. They can be useful for both you classes of analytical reading and individual analysis. You can also find some results of students thinking.

Nastya Satyukova

 

TITLE OF THE STORY

           How does the title help to grasp the main idea of the text?

SUBJECT MATTER OF THE STORY

Define the subject matter[i] of the text.

What is/are the problem/s the author is trying to solve?Our

Which of the problems he hasn’t solved?

STRUCTURE OF THE TEXT

           What are the major parts of the text? Outline those parts.

                  How are the major parts connected?

                 What is the setting of each part of the text?

PLOT OF THE SELECTED EPISODE

           What is the role of this selection in the novel/story at large?

                  What happened before and after the selected events?

                  Give a brief summary of the main events.

CHARACTERS

           Pick out verbs and adjectives characterizing each of the personages.

                  Take notice of the manner of speech of the characters.

                  What do you learn about the characters through their inner speech?

                  What do you get to know about the characters (age, social status, speech, habits, educational level, psychological traits, attitude to surrounding people and problems, the attitude of other people to the character under consideration )

                  Who is the main character’s antagonist?

MAIN IDEA OF THE TEXT

                  What is the main idea of the text?

                  How is the main idea conveyed to the reader?

WRITER’S ATTITUDE

  What is the mood prevalent in the passage?

  Speak about the choice of words in the text. How do they characterise the author’s attitude to events and characters?

READER’S ATTITUDE

  Say what you understood after having read the text.

  Express your reservations/agreements/disagreements with the author’s points of view.

  Show where the author is uninformed/misinformed/illogical.

 

[i] Matter under consideration in a written work or speech; a theme.




Read more about analytical reading. Here are some other links you might find useful.
 
  - How to Read a Book
  - Analytical Reading
  - How to Write a Character Analysis

  

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