Just like students once needed to learn how to make connections to their text, they now need practice reading closely and making inferences.
I designed the following practice sheet to guide my students in the process of analyzing non-fiction text.
According to the common core standards, students need to be able to closely read the text, identify the meaning as stated explicitly in the text and support reasoning by citing the text. This depth of analysis needs to be practiced and to be modeled.
My students easily make personal connections to the text, but the new standards want them to dig deeper and analyze the text, not just make personal connections. This is something that my students need to practice.
The purpose of this practice sheet is to help them practice Common Core Reading Standards 2-6 with informational text. I designed this sheet so it can be used with a plethora of texts during reading, science, and social studies classes.
Practicing stating ideas explicitly found in the text is helping them become better readers of informational text. Over time, the practice of close reading and analyzing text will become easier for them to do naturally.
Students can complete the sheet and refer to it during discussions of the text. While students share, they will see how others interpreted the text. After discussing their responses, students can then decide if they want to add or revise their earlier responses.
**A small typo was found on the practice sheet - said form instead of from. If you downloaded it before 3:30 pm Sunday 1/19/2014, you will want to download it again. Sorry for the error. Thank you for your support.