Close Reading & Annotating Lesson, Complete Teaching Pack, Traditional & Digital

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  • Google Apps™
75 pages
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The objective of this best-selling Focusing In: Close Reading & Annotating Reading Skills Lesson Pack teaching pack is to foster students' beginning or basic understanding of how to close read and annotate a text. My belief is that if we want students to really be successful with something - especially something as abstract as close reading and annotating - we must offer them a process, models, and opportunity to practice the actual skill. I love photography, so the steps in this photography-themed lesson are a fun, practical, real-world way to help my students be able to work through this abstract process more easily.

Student Experience: Students will snap into the world of close reading and annotating through the lens of a camera. As you deliver the lecture with the eye-catching, no-prep PPT, students will fill in their sketch notes. You will guide them through several models, examples, and then they will complete the guided practice. Finally, students will apply the simple steps you just covered to modern music or poetry with a focus on figurative language. There are also several tools included to help students extend their learning after the lecture.


- Teacher's guide with standards, unit over, and daily pacing plan

- PPT for teaching (editable PPT and Ready-made Google format)

- Plenty of guided practice options and examples

- Guided student notes for use during the lecture in two formats (traditional fill-in-the-blank and sketch notes)

- Templates for students to use with any text after the lecture (PDF and interactive Google format) and some fun bookmarks with the steps

- Classroom Posters (Download the preview for a free poster!)

- Popular Songs for Guided Practice and Links to "live" annotation examples on nonfiction texts

- Links to video tutorials for flipped classroom use, review, or reteaching

- Suggested Answers and Annotations from my classroom

- Short Answer follow-up quiz

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "Wow...I have spent the last week implementing your plan with my 6th - 8th grade students. What an incredible unit. From the beginning, the lesson guides the students from surface level comprehension to deep understanding. The first 4 opening questions provide a perfect example of the journey to deeper understanding. The summarizing portion teaches a compact yet comprehensive method to stop and monitor understanding. It also provides the students with a practical method of summarizing text in any situation. We actually practiced writing a 4-5 sentence written summary just for fun! Today, my 8th graders and I worked through "A Dream Deferred." It actually gave me chills to stand back and watch their understanding deepen as we discussed the figurative language in the poem. I added a written response at the end of the lesson and asked them why the author chose to include those images. They pondered and responded with the idea that he wanted his audience to experience the pain and frustration of a lost dream. Their written responses are some of the best they have ever produced for me in the three years I have taught them. I can't wait to continue using this method for the remainder of the year. Thank you for sharing your work!"

♥"As my students are frequent to say: "Shut the front door!" I love this product. I have been a fan of close reading all of my life, from a hundred years ago in high school, to slightly less than a century in college. Finally, close reading is emphasized for all content areas! Hurrah! Again, I am a loyal fan. I look forward to more products for my ninth graders."

♥" Directions were easy to follow and activities were engaging and well scaffolded for all types of learners."

♥ "Excellent resource! Used in 11th and 12th grade with struggling students and was a huge help."

♥ "This is a fantastic tool for teaching close reading and annotating! It has REALLY given my students the tools and understanding that they need in order to do both of these effectively!"

♥ "This worked wonders for my struggling readers. After reviewing your method in class for weeks, it's great to see them automatically doing what we practiced. They have began to understand so much more and it makes them want to read."

See a quick and free video tutorial where I explain more here.

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Each of my ELA skills-readiness "How to Teach It" Lesson Packs includes a teacher's guide lesson plan, an easy-to-use PPT lecture explaining the concept, guided practice, opportunity for collaborative and individual practice, and a form of assessment. See my other English standards teaching packs while you’re here, too, and teach the fundamental skills first for success!

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Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout. Original Cover Photography by Julie Faulkner. Images and art are documented on credits page in download. Product Updated 2019

Total Pages
75 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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