Academic Decathlon AP/IB Survey Lit. Grades Home

"Close reading" can be defined as the act of looking at a text so carefully that no detail escapes your attention. Furthermore, it involves a critical thinking aspect, for you are not only noticing those details, but understanding how those details fit together like pieces into a puzzle. Something that you *cannot* do if you are close reading well is make assumptions beyond the text.

The exercises below are meant to give you practice with the skill of close reading.


  • Laurence Perrine's Professional Interpretation of [Where ships of purple gently toss]