Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately. Directing student attention on the text itself empowers students to understand the central ideas and key supporting details. It also enables students to reflect on the meanings of individual words and sentences; the order in which sentences unfold; and the development of ideas over the course of the text, which ultimately leads students to arrive at an understanding of the text as a whole. (PARCC, 2011, p. 7)
This zip file includes an excerpt from Stave 1 and Stave 4. The questions are aligned to the common core. They can be used to guide students' reading or to practice common core skills.
The following standards are covered:
RL.8.1-‐ Cite textual evidence
RL.8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
L.8.5-‐Demonstrate understanding of figurative language
RL.8.10-‐ Understand grade appropriate texts