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TWO-MINUTE CLOSE READING TASKS-NO PREP
As most teachers know, there is always those two minutes of class (sometimes five minutes), where attendance has to be taken or homework needs to be checked. Rather then just letting the students sit and idle, teachers like to fill this time with a short assignment that can engage their students for a short period of time, but also give an activity that will not take a whole lot of time.
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Here are 30 2-Minute Close Reading Tasks, which range from author’s purpose, literary devices, figurative language, central idea, and making inferences.
*The texts provided are excerpts from classic literature, fables, short stories, and songs.
*These are created on half sheets to take up minimal space in students’ notebooks, and they also can be glued into interactive notebooks.
*Each activity comes with two tasks, where students can answer the questions in the boxes provided and highlight the task if asked.
*One of the main purpose behind the Common Core is for students to support their thinking with text-based evidence. Each of these tasks asks the student to support their thinking with lines from the provided texts.
*Teachers can create anchor charts for the answers, use them a group discussions, or use these as exit slips.