High Five Strategy
Students can use this strategy for close reading and test taking.
1. Read and Underline the title. (What does it mean to you?)
2. Read the questions. Underline the KEY DETAILS. Use this step to note what you think the question is asking.
3. Read the passage and ANNOTATE.
a. Underline the main idea and/or topic sentence in the paragraphs.
b. Circle any words you don’t know. Determine their meaning by using your background knowledge (BK) plus your text clues (TC). This meaning is your inference (I). BK+TC=I
c. Summarize your thoughts in the margins.
4. Read the questions and Slash the Trash. Go through the questions, refer to the passage for your “evidence” for the answer.
5. Write the question number near your evidence so your teacher knows where you found the answer in the text.
Steps 4&5 go together… like PB&J. The most important detail about these two steps is that students will go back to the text for their answers and NOTE IT ON THE PAPER.