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