You will want to set up some kind of brainstorming tool to help you once you have pulled out the quotes and start to analyze them. A table can be very helpful. Here is how you might set up your brainstorming for one of the lines taken from "Harlem" by Langston Hughes, which was used as an example under "First Steps."
|Literary Element||Analysis Notes|
Simile - like a raisin in the sum
raisin dried up grape - dream maybe dried up, too
dream could have been exposed to light and not realistic anymore so shriveled up
raisin still sweet, though - so dream might still be sweet in the memory or sweet because a memory
You will be able to turn your analysis notes into part of a body paragraph.
Instructors get very frustrated when students do not organize their work. Outlines are a great way to do this. Here is an example of a generic outline that you might use in order ot organize your Close Reading paper:
Here is an example of a filled in outline based on the generic outline: