Want a more engaging activity for your students during a close read?! After reading the passage silently to themselves, group your students up according to the number of paragraphs and have them begin working together on the assigned topics. After they have completed their information they get to move on to creating a poster of what they discovered (I had my students just use colored construction paper)!
Once they complete their poster with their creative details, they get to have a presentation with their peers and have meaningful discussions. NOW! Here's where the tricky part comes into play...Each student will get their own packet with everyone's paragraph topics on them. The students need to put on their critical thinking caps to determine if they believe the presenter is presenting the right information. The audience will write down either true or false. If it's true, they make notes of what the presenter says, if they think that it's wrong or they could add more details, they write down false and explain what they think it would be.
This is a great way to get your students to have great discussions and being able to work together. No one likes to read a passage 3-4 times, but when you mix is up like this, it makes it not so bad. Hope you enjoy!