Close reading is a vital piece of the Common Core classroom. Using the close reading process with non-fiction is one of the most important shifts in effective teaching and learning. My students close read regularly in my classroom in both fiction and non-fiction text. During our Daily 5 Read to Learn (formerly Listen to Reading) rotation, my students have an Article of the Week that they are expected to practice independent close reading strategies, including reading and rereading the article at least three times during the week, taking notes using Cornell Notes, 2-& 3-column notes, and sticky notes. Also, my students must complete a comprehension activity after their partner discussions, which may include a teacher-directed activity or writing prompt, or the application of a comprehension strategy using task cards or teacher-provided prompts.
This independent Close Reading Task Card Station and Choice Boards allow for self-directed learning and practice of critical thinking comprehension skills. I hope you find it equally useful in your classroom as well. Thank you for your purchase.