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Reading Detectives: Close Reading Lap Book

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
Formats Included
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This detective activity is great for exploring the practice of close reading with your students.

Students construct a “case file” with information from a fiction book of your choice.

Pick and choose from twelve different tasks that give students a purpose rereading and digging deeper into the text.

Attach the sheets to a file folder to make a lap book, bind the pages together as a mini-book, or glue into an interactive notebook.

A Thinking Tracks bookmark is included for students to use as they interact with the text.
Discussion questions are included for students to use in small groups.
Page 2: Explanation of Close Reading
Page 3: Directions for completing the case file
Page 4: Thinking Tracks bookmark
Page 5: Detective Case File cover sheet
Page 6: Character Traits
Page 7: Setting
Page 8: Problem
Page 9: Sequence of Events
Page 10: Solution
Page 11: Context Clues
Page 12: Most Important Event-Turning Point
Page 13: Main Idea
Page 14: Theme or Central Message
Page 15: Author’s Purpose
Page 16: Inferences
Page 17: Create Your Own Question/Task
Page 18: Center Activity Directions
Page 19: Discussion Cards
Page 20: Discussion Cards
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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