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Using one of the readings by Poe, complete the reading guide to demonstrate close reading.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
“To Helen” by Edgar Allan Poe
Reading Guide – Example
SUBJECT Simple comprehension regarding what the selection is about.
OCCASION For the purpose of literary analysis, it is what is/was going on in the author’s world that makes that author write about that subject, at that time, in that way. Identifying occasion allows the student to discuss the work within the correct political, social, and historical context.
AUDIENCE The individual or group a literary work is written for. Audience can control howmaterial is structured, the type and level of language used, and whether the subject is presented in broad concepts or explored in depth.
PURPOSE The author’s intention or goal for composing the work.
SPEAKER -attitude -tone In analyzing non-fiction work, the speaker is identified as having a particular attitude towards the subject and chooses to write using a specific tone.