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Close Reading

An English teacher’s heart will go pitter-pat whenever he or she sees close engagement with the language of the text. That means reading every word: it’s not enough to have a vague sense of the plot. Maybe that sounds obvious, but few people pay serious attention to the words that make up every work of literature. Remember, English papers aren’t about the real world; they’re about representations of the world…

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Covering the Iraq War: A Homefront Hypothetical

Between 4 and 4:45 p.m., the father gives you a great interview. His descriptions of his son are colorful, specific, and heartfelt. His overarching theme is the pride he feels for his son, and his stories all express this theme. In particular the father relates: A) How his son was searching for a purpose in life and found it in the Army; B) How Army service instilled in his son…