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Close reading is defined as the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text. A close reading emphasizes the single and the particular over the general, effected by close attention to individual words, the syntax, and the order in which the sentences unfold ideas, as the reader scans the line of text. In other words, it is reading a text multiple times with a different purpose all with the end of a deeper comprehension of the textual content.
How important is this idea to Mathematics? Many children struggle with reading comprehension. And let's not exclude educators from this conversation. Often times, we are unsure how to break down the process of reading comprehension. Here is a graphic organizer that guides students through a technical reading approach in Math with the aim of gaining stronger comprehension skills. This can be for the teacher's use, personal student use, blown up as a poster or all of them.
This strategy may be time intensive in the beginning but once students adopt this thinking framework, it will become a habit. It is encouraged that the introduction and reinforcement of this strategy be consistently executed in order to ensure fidelity of the process.
Applicable at ANY grade level and in ANY subject/content.