Close Reading Capstone
Your “Final Project” will not be a full-fledged research paper, though it will include all the essential building blocks. The Close Reading Capstone is one such crucial building block. It will directly follow your research conversation and give you the opportunity to add something new and fresh to the conversation. This portion of the “Final Project” asks you to zoom in on an important moment your grounding text (it could be a scene, a stanza, or some other element of the text involving character, setting, etc.) and offer a detailed analysis of that moment (or a related series of such moments). A full-fledged research paper would involve many–and extended–instances of such analytical engagement with your text, but this assignment asks you to perform only one such reading. The Close Reading Capstone is the one opportunity you have in your paper to “prove” your own thesis.
Your Close Reading Capstone should be 3-4 pages, and it should flow directly from your CVC paper. It will, in turn, lead directly into your conclusion, where you will gracefully conclude the final project by suggesting the kind of analytical work that remains to be done, and why it is important to continue that work. I have uploaded a version of Lee’s essay under the “Readings” tab that highlights three moments of close reading that work precisely how I hope your Close Reading Capstones will work.