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Close Reading Strategies and Text Annotations Unit

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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55 pages
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This no prep/no plan unit will teach your students to annotate a text using close reading strategies that really work! This unique and scaffolded approach will help your students completely rethink how they interact with a text increasing reading comprehension and written analysis.

-Students will begin by completing and discussing their own personal reading histories. When students reflect on and share their personal reading histories, they have an opportunity to view themselves and their classmates (and you) more generously, as “readers in progress,” with reader identities they can understand and CHANGE!

-Then students will work on understanding and listening to their inner voice as you model the think aloud process. All of the teacher materials and suggested dialogue are provided- no prep needed. Then students will practice this process as they begin to capture their own process of reading.

-Students will begin to capture their own reading process through a specifically designed and gradually released lesson. As students identify the strategies they use as a reader, they will be able to think, pair, share these to create a brilliant classroom discussion. The google slides, text documents, worksheets, and suggested teacher dialogue set this up for you! As students share their strategies, they begin to see how readers approach a text, that it is not simply a scan and understand process. This is a complex, rigorous process that can improve with strategies and effort! I love to create a classroom display of all the strategies they brainstorm for future reference. (The materials are provided to do this if you wish).

-Students will then learn to annotate and close read a text as you model a stanza from the poem provided. The teacher dialogue and detailed lesson are provided. Student practice, classroom discussion, and support materials are provided.

-Five additional texts are provided for additional close reading practice for students.

--- Birches- by Robert Frost

--- Romeo and Juliet- The Balcony Scene

--- The Story of an Hour- Kate Chopin

--- Sonnet 18- Shakespeare

--- Old Man- Ricardo Sanchez

PLUS four lower level texts for a variety of differentiation opportunities!

-Close reading with a novel or online source: I have provided a 30 pages independent/book club reading interactive student notebook. Double entry journals such as the ‘I Saw/I Thought’ and ‘Evidence/Interpretation’ force students to notice how they are interacting with the text, whether previewing or reading it.

Page 1- Cover and Response Suggestions

Page 2- Expectations

Page 3- Word Detectives Helpers

Page 4- Goal Setting Document

Page 5 and 6- Double Entry Journal

Page 7- Double Entry Journal Rubric

Page 8 and 9- Journal Reflections

Page 10- Novel/Reading Reflection Letter

Page 11- Letter Rubric

-Teach your students to have academic conversations about the text lesson and student mini-book for reference. The mini-book contains sentence starters to support text rich/dependent conversations; for example, “I don’t think… could be true because on page XX it says…” and “Even though… is true, on page xx,… is stronger evidence for the opposite idea.”

-Reading strategies bookmark with five different styles/designs to best meet the age/interest of your students!

- I start the school year, or summer school, with this unit so I have included my back to school procedure memes for you as well. These are fun memes to introduce the most common procedures and expectations. Feel free to use or lose!

-I start the summer school session with this product as well. I have created a complete summer school bundle that will provide you with all of the curriculum needed for a successful summer school ELA session! No prep-no planning! This unit is geared towards students in the 6-9th grade.

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