Close Reading with DOTS - Details on the Side is a great way to teach your students how to annotate a text. Students can mark up the text and draw pictures and notes on the side to show their thinking. This resource includes 5 passages for Fall (apples, pumpkins, bats, spiders, owls), a chant about reading, a DOTS poster with a color-coded method for annotating the text, and comprehension questions.
The beauty of these passages is that they can be used a variety of ways depending on the age of your students.
Kindergarten students: Read the passage together several times and then allow the students to draw a picture to show what they learned from the text. You may want to work together and have them highlight, circle, or underline certain parts of the text, but that is totally up to you!
1st & 2nd Grade students: Read the passage together several times
Option ONE: Allow them to record their own learning however they would like.
Option TWO: Use the color-coded DOTS chart to annotate the text. Option THREE: Use the comprehension questions to guide their annotations of the text.