A Social Network for Close Reading
Close reading is a major emphasis of the Common Core Standards, though most English teachers since New Critic I.A. Richards would probably agree that is it essential to any humanities curriculum. As the “Introduction” to the ELA section states:
Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying great works of literature.
Rap Genius, though, is close reading 2.0. The major activity of the platform is “annotation,” the highlighting and noting of words, phrases, and sentences, which demands that students keep their thinking and writing “close” to the text and its evidence.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit "College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading" by Common Core Standards Initiative (Ft. Genius Educators) and leave a comment on the lyrics box