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Close Reading Strategy for ELA, Social Studies, Science, and More

Darlene Anne
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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18 pages
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Close Reading Strategy for ALL Subjects: ELA, Social Studies, Science, and More

This step-by-step close reading strategy is easy to use and will help your students hone in on the CENTRAL IDEA and/or THEME of any complex text, nonfiction or fiction. Students will develop a deep understanding of the passage, and they will improve their discussion skills.

This close reading technique can be used in ELA, social studies, science, or any other subject area. You can start with one of the texts provided, and then move on to other texts. Or you can go directly to texts of your choosing, using the strategy and the printable organizers.

This resource includes the following close reading printables:
♦ Overview of the Three-Round Strategy
♦ Plans & Procedures
♦ Discussion Rules and Prompts Bookmarks
♦ Speech by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
♦ Man in the Arena Speech (excerpt) by Theodore Roosevelt
♦ The Story of an Eyewitness (excerpt) by Jack London
♦ Invictus by William Ernest Henley
♦ Central Idea- Blank Organizer
♦ Theme- Blank Organizer
♦ Blank Organizer (fill in empty field)
♦ Possible Answers

★ Are you looking for other wonderful close reading resources? This best-selling close reading unit, Close Read: Step by Step Strategies for Success, will help you teach your students how to annotate text.★

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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