Applying close reading strategies, locate keywords that signal the literary element of theme, as you identify it, in your chosen short story. You should read closely and carefully, noting words or synonyms that repeatedly draw the reader’s attention to the theme. In a print/paper version of the story, you may have underlined or highlighted them. You may also have written notes to yourself in the margins. In a PDF text, you may be using the markup tools or comment features. 

There is no exact, “right way” of annotating a particular story; like the writing process, the close reading process is yours to individualize.  If you prefer to print out the story on paper, annotate it by hand, and then upload a picture or scan of the paper, that submission would be perfectly fine as well.

In short, by reading the story more than once and annotating it, you are engaging in critical reading, which will inform your literary analysis and writing about literature. 


Identify the theme of the story and explain how you identified it.

Annotate the sections of the story (e.g., keywords, phrases, and/or passages) that elucidate the theme.

Take screenshots or pictures of your annotated story. 

Save your file as a PDF or JPG, and upload it to the Assignments area. 

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