Close Reading Tabs are perfect for whole class reading and small group reading activities. Each tab helps students understand what competent readers do while reading. On the cards, students are prompted to read closely and encouraged to think about and read their texts in very specific ways. Over time, students develop the habits of mind of good readers and start making decisions about how to read on their own.
The cards are called tabs because students can slide them into their books, showing only the top of the card or tab. With the tabs, students can clearly see how they can contribute to the discussion. There are six tabs in total:
Drawing Ideas Tab
Main Idea Tab
Sentence Starters Tab (sentence starters help students speak and write about the reading strategies that make up this set)
How to Make Them
I suggest printing the tabs on card stock (thick) paper and cut them out for students. You can make the tabs two sided by either copying a reading strategy on both sides or by copying the sentence starters onto the back of each tab.
The tabs can be laminated or you can print new sets when needed. If you do decide to laminate them, ask students to write their drawings and responses on stick notes and place the stick notes on the tabs.