With the advent of the Common Core Standards, the term "Close Reading" seems to be everywhere. I decided to write up a VERY SIMPLE explanation for anyone who might be interested...
This document explains what I consider to be the "three parts" to close reading.
For close reading REPRODUCIBLES created to help students close read text and writing TEMPLATES designed to train writers to use details, check out
Close Reading; Summary Practice Nonfiction
Close Reading; Analyzing Characters
Close Reading; Summarizing Stories
Close Writing; The PQA Quiz; Assessments for Fictional Stories
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph
Writing; The Picture Paragraph