Close Reading Companion: Miss Nelson is Missing

Tessa Maguire
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Tessa Maguire


Close Reading pushes students beyond traditional reading comprehension activities, and into thinking not only what the text says, but also how it says it. This Close Reading Companion for Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall and Henry Allard walks you through first, second, and third readers with your students. It includes questions for the second and third readings as you focus on the author's craft and text structure, and into third readings as students go beyond the text to make connections and determine the text's importance.

Each Close Reading Companion includes

•Questions for guided second and third readings

•Graphic organizers for first, second and third readings

•Written response pages

Note: This is my interpretation on close reading with these books. No part of the original text is reprinted in this product.

For more detailed information on how I do close reading, please see this post on my blog.

For other Close Reading resources, check out these other products:

Close Reading Graphic Organizers

Close Reading Companion: Patricia Polacco

Close Reading Companion: Christmas Edition

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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