Examining Thought Process
Continuing users learning about close reading, I wanted to include a more concrete example. In this case, the user looks at the internal monologue of a teacher as she reads about the Constitution. By highlighting passages for close reading, and then seeing what the teacher thinks about them, users learn about the thought process that they might use to read closely on their own. It gives users a place to start, and really shows them what the practice of close reading entails, as well as what it can uncover.
In later modules, I expanded on the idea of the text highlighting interactive, by showing a conversation about the text prompted by a teacher’s text-dependent question, and backed by students’ close reading. By using this similar format, users don’t have to think about how the interactive operates, they can focus on the content. Additionally, the cohesive design of the modules helps users understand the connections within the content they’re learning.