Students take a small but powerful excerpt from a "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" and analyze it through annotation and discussion to gain a deeper understanding. Students will read the text multiple times, making annotations to interact with the text through questioning and forming ideas. They will then discuss their annotations and findings and take part in a student led and teacher facilitated dialogue involving text dependent questions. A close read will benefit any classroom and lends itself to the Common Core standards and the Danielson Framework. This lesson includes instructions for implementation as well as text dependent questions, with the excerpt.