This streamlined set of easy-to-follow close reading steps helps students develop the independence necessary to navigate their way through complex texts. Readers are encouraged to identify and use context clues to determine word meaning via the recording sheet. Students identify new and unfamiliar words, dig deeper into the text to locate and record context clues, and then infer the meanings of these words based on textual clues and evidence. Students are also able to record the "gist" or main idea of a text, whether an entire passage, a section, or a paragraph. The sheet also includes the structure of a Think Pair Share that leads students to pair with another student to exchange ideas about the gist, and then share out with a whole group. Try laminating this sheet or using it inside a page protector to allow students to use wet erase markers and then reuse the same sheet as often as you like. This sheet can also be used in conjunction with two other tools you'll find in my list of digital products (Gina Alfano, formerly Gina Giblin), i.e. the GIST Helper, used in determining main idea, and the Thinking Tracks Bookmark, used with annotating text.