Close Reading Graphic Organizers

Tessa Maguire
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Push students beyond traditional reading comprehension activities, and into thinking not only what the text says, but also how it says it. Students analyze a text structure and the author's craft to deepen their understanding of the text.

These Close Reading Graphic Organizers are designed to be used during and after second and third close readings of a text. They are a perfect supplement to your close reading lessons to give students a format to record their thinking through three readings.

Skills included in the graphic organizers:


story map



Venn diagram


cause & effect

making inferences/drawing conclusions

figurative language



verb usage



character traits

author's purpose



analyzing pictures

analyzing authors

non-fiction text features

non-fiction text structure

main idea and details

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 Companion: Patricia Polacco

Close Reading Companion: Christmas Edition

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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