Honing Close Reading through Lectio Divina and the Edan Project
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Kioko, Victoria Emma
My course asked students to take pleasure in the many facets of “the story” - its motivations, assertions, paradoxes, strategies, and inconsistencies through readings of some of the most recent great books from African women writers (such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Helen Oyeyemi, and Lesley Nneka Arimah to name a few). Throughout the course students get the chance to analyze and discover some of the best literature and film coming out of the Continent in the past two decades with works that range from powerful feminist manifestos to strange sci-fi thrillers. The seminar not only focused on supporting students as they learned how to unpack complex themes and ideas within literature and how to confidently articulate interesting thoughts and arguments surrounding these themes, but also sought to teach the importance of some of the most functional elements of collegiate writing, such as discipline appropriate citation methods and carefully proofread deliverables. As a learning community, we fostered an encouraging space for each student to embrace and hone their own unique style of analysis and argumentation.