How do you teach reading in the content area? This popular question is answered by explaining how to do the Close and Critical Reading Activity. It is an engaging lesson from my literacy series and it is also referred to as Guided Highlighted Reading. This activity describes the causes of the Great Depression. This lesson is conducted in three parts: read prompts/highlight article, revisit prompts to discuss or correct any errors, and assess. The assessment for this activity is to create a brief list of causes on a sticky note and paste them up on the wall as students leave. I call this an exit card.
All parts can be done in one traditional class period. It has been a class favorite since it was started. Except for the highlighters/sticky notes, this item includes everything you will need: the teacher read prompts, list of vocabulary terms, article for students, brief assessment, answer key, and a video tutorial demonstrating how the activity is to be conducted. This activity also aligns easily to CCSS. This technique gives students practice performing a task under the pressure of time (test preparation) since they have to respond to prompts that are being read quickly. Close and Critical Reading is conducted in a way that allows for all students to be successful.
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