What: Close Reading is defined as students reading to uncover the many layers of meaning in a text. This means students will carefully read and reread text (multiple times) to develop a deep understanding.
Why: Close reading leads to deeper comprehension. Also, Common Core Standards require students to provide evidence and justify their answers based on text---thus closely reading is a valuable skill to have.
How: Use the strategy and tips in this close reading pack.
Use short texts! Students will be reading, and re-reading the same text over and over and you want to give them time to analyze the text.
Carefully select texts—not all texts need a close read. Good examples to use are myths, folktales, poetry, biographies, etc.
Don’t close read all the time---students also need a chance to read for enjoyment.
Page 1—Close reading Poster (print for each student or hang up in your classroom)
Page 2– How to preview a text
Page 3-Graphic organizer for previewing text (print for each student and have them use while previewing)
Page 4—How to highlight a passage
Page 5—Graphic organizer to unlock meaning for highlighted words
Page 6—How to re-read text with a key question
Page 7—How to underline text clues during a re-read
Page 8, 9, 10—Graphic organizers to record key question and text clues.
Page 11—How to track your thinking
Page 12—Poster and strategy for students to track their thinking.
Page 13—How to summarize your thinking
Page 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 –Strategies for summarizing your thinking