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Close Reading Christmas Classics | No Prep Christmas Activity | Annotations

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Christmas Close Reading For Middle School Students Featuring Excerpts from Holiday Stories from Classic Literature. These no prep Chrismas activities let students practice their close reading and annotation skills while reading excerpts from classic holiday stories.

Are you looking for a Christmas or Holiday themed reading unit for Middle School students?

Are you searching for ways to empower your students to become independent readers, learners, and thinkers?

Are you searching for ways to engage struggling middle school readers with common core reading strategies?

Do you want your students to remain focused while reading, and to become actively involved in the text?

As my first close reading resource for middle school students quickly became one of my best sellers, I decided to put together another set; this one contains excerpts from holiday stories that are perfect to engage students around the Christmas season!

Close Reading is a highly effective Common Core strategy that helps students better understand text; it asks them to dig deeper into what they have been reading, and to back up their thinking with text evidence. This engaging package of resources takes students through the Close Reading process step by step, providing gradual release of responsibility and time for independent practice. Story elements are focused on throughout the activities.

Everything needed to get your students started with Close Reading is included – detailed step by step instructions, annotation guide, reading passages, and graphic organizers. Very little teacher prep is needed – simply print and teach!

This creative and engaging package includes the following:

Close Reading – What it it?: A two page document explaining the Close Reading process, with tips on how to set it up for use in your classroom.

Text Annotation – A Step By Step Guide to Increase Reading Comprehension: Multiple pages of information that teaches students how to effectively annotate text.

Close Reading – Step By Step Guide: Detailed explanation of the Close Reading process, teaching students exactly what they need to do during a first, second, and third reading of a text.

Close Reading – Partner Discussion Tips: A detailed list of tips to enable effective partner discussion during the Close Reading process.

Close Reading – Answer Stems: A detailed list of answer stems, to improve student reading responses and encourage students to provide text evidence to back up their ideas.

Close Reading – Things to Look Out For: A list of things for students to look out for while reading, to aid in the Close Reading process.

Close Reading – Texts and Resources: Excerpts from three spooky stories from classic literature are included, for students to use to practice their text annotation and Close Reading skills. These story excerpts include “The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry and "A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Detailed graphic organizers with targeted comprehension questions for students to complete after their first, second, and third reading are also included.

While these resources have been bundled together for a Christmas themed unit, these fantastic stories could easily be used to engage students at any time of year!


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