I have used close reading texts with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. The follow-up activities have gotten my students to go back to the text and dig deeper.
How are my close reading texts unique?
★ Original, high-interest, and short stories coauthored by me
★ Discreetly differentiated into three levels of difficulty in the 4th-5th grade band to address a range of student abilities
★ Variety of engaging follow-up activities that require students to dig deeper into the stories
★ Whole group
★ Guided reading
★ ELA centers
What is included?
★ Overview of close reading
★ Lesson plan pacing guides for whole group, small group, and homework options
★ Three levels of passages, second and third reading activities, writing response, and answer keys for each topic
★ Five-question assessments for test prep or alternative assignments
★ Bonus compare and contrast graphic organizers to compare characters and events between stories
★ Where’s My Chicken? – A kid’s Chinese food mysteriously transforms into something else. Skills: plot elements, genre, context clues, descriptive writing
★ A Snake in the Grass – A snake deals with his fear of outside with a friend’s help. Skills: plot elements, theme, alliteration, creative writing
★ In the House of Diddle – Friends figure out how to find Spoon after she runs away. Skills: plot elements, theme, author’s word choice, creative writing
★ A Smelly Surprise – A kid’s family drags him along on a mysterious Saturday road trip. Skills: plot elements, theme, context clues, point of view writing
★ Vacation – A dad takes his technology-obsessed sons on a vacation. Skills: plot elements, theme, context clues, opinion writing
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