Close Reads Interactive Notebook for Beginners
Interactive notebooks are a great way to engage your students in learning content. Close Reads are an important strategy to use to help your students read at a high level. Combine the two and you have an interactive way for your students to use higher-level thinking when reading texts! This product contains interactive organizers that students use while doing Close Reads. This interactive notebook can be used during reading time, science, or social studies, because we know how important integration of reading and the content areas is.
This product explains how and why you should be using an interactive notebook during Close Reads. Also included is an explanation of the skills covered and the interactive organizers that support students practicing those skills. This can be used for Informational and Literature Close Reads. The copied passage is glued on one side of the notebook and the interactive organizer(s) is glued on the opposite side. That way students have the text to annotate and highlight in front of them as well as their interactive organizer to respond.
The interactive organizers included do not require coloring because I want the focus to be on the close reading itself, and not on how to use or decorate the interactive organizers. These interactive organizers are to the point! Close Reads should last 20-45 minutes, depending on the age of your students. You don’t want over half that time spent on coloring or decorating the interactive organizers. As my students become more proficient at close reading, I introduce more “fun” and advanced interactive organizers. This product includes the interactive organizers I use for about 3 months until I feel my students understand how to do a close read.
I will be creating an Interactive Notebook for Close Reads: Informational Texts and an Interactive Notebook for Close Reads: Literature, both with more advanced interactive organizers.
Be sure to look at my other Close Read resources:
Question Stems for Close Reads for Informational and Literature
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
5th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
4th Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
3rd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Informational Text
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads of Literature
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle
2nd Grade Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle FREEBIE SAMPLER
How can this span such a wide range of grades? The text you select will automatically bump up or down the level of thinking for students. The interactive organizers address standards from grades 1-6, so you can pick and choose which level of difficulty you want for your students.
Skills included are from the 3 domains of Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, and Integration of Knowledge & Ideas:
asking and answering detail questions
main idea & details
cause & effect
problem & solution
central message, theme, moral
point of view
firsthand & secondhand account
connecting words & pictures in a text
connecting sentences & paragraphs within a text
comparing & contrasting informational text
comparing & contrasting literature
This product does NOT include text excerpts. Why are text excerpts not included? Because you know what is best for your students when it comes to reading selection. You can select text excerpts from novels you are already reading in class or portions of an informational text you are using during science or social studies. Copyright law does NOT allow for copying portions of text for distribution. Hence, I did not include any. However, you ARE able to copy a small portion of a text for your own classroom use. An easy resource to begin selecting excerpts from is Appendix B if you have never done this before. This resource has a lot of excerpts that you can use for your students. Simply copy the excerpt and pass it out to your students. Learning how to find your own excerpts is very liberating because you are no longer restricted to passages provided for you. You can use ANY piece of text that fits your purpose. Included in this product is a more detailed section on how to select text excerpts for Close Reads. I also don’t always give my students a copy of the excerpt to glue into their notebooks. Sometimes I put the excerpt on the Smart Board or I have them use a book they already have and I just didn’t have time to make copies. That’s OK! The only difference is students won’t be able to annotate or highlight in the text, but they will still be recording their responses on the interactive organizers.
Close Reading is a strategy that I began using last year and I could see such HUGE growth in all my students whether they were struggling readers or advanced readers. Selecting text excerpts specifically for your students allows you to select the perfect level to help your students progress their reading ability.
***If you are purchasing to share with your grade level/school, please purchase multiple licenses***
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