Object Close Reading Part 1 - Spring 2021
DUE Friday, 2/12 @ 11:59pm
Consider your object like you would consider a text. Write a two page paper analyzing the object. What is the artifact saying? What is the artifact doing?
Step 1: Collect Evidence.
Be prepared to show your work from Step 1 to your instructor.
Step 2: Write the Essay. Using observations from Step 1 as evidence, interpret the artifact/object, explain how it is crafted to achieve a certain effect on the viewer/user. Organize the essay as follows:
Introduce: Identify the object and present a thesis statement that makes a claim interpreting the object’s significance and/or why it is a captivating object, ie.,“This is the most compelling item in the artifact collection because . . .” This paragraph should only be a couple sentences long
Break it down: Choose the important features of the object to describe to your reader what the object says.
Analyze: In several paragraphs, support your interpretation (why the object is the most compelling of the artifact collection), using the evidence you found in Step 1. Expand on the features and details of the object. Assume that every aspect of the object has an intention, purpose, or reason for being. Speak to why someone would interact with or use this object and discuss the impact of its use. Remember inferences and judgments? Consider how the facts (physical details of the object) lead you to reasonable inferences and judgments. Present your evidence in a way that is logical and clear for your reader.
Interpret: What does the object mean to you? Why is it a compelling object for you to choose? How does it connect to your life and views?