Close Reading is a fundamental common core framework. Using text dependent questions that yield text based evidence ensures common core needs are being met in your classroom.
Although this article works for any subject matter, this particular article was selected as an umbrella lesson prior to the Close Read of "The Great Fire." This lesson is a great way to engage students in the "zone" of the the deeper read, without front loading information that would hinder reading exploration. Use this article to allow students to connect with the setting of "The Great Fire."
Use Close Reading strategies to work within the nonfiction text.
Use the graphic organizer to provide students the opportunity to work with text dependent questions and provide text based evidence to support their thinking/collaboration.
The article can be edited to fit the needs of your classroom procedure for citing evidence. The way it is used on this document is by section numbers.
The graphic organizer can be typed on. If your Adobe software allows students to add a text box, they can type their responses directly on the PDF file and print or send electronically.
Documents are otherwise, printer and photo copier friendly.