Close Reading For Homework

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on May 14, 2015 4:38:02 AM

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The Common Core State Standards require students of all grades to closely read text. Close Reading is needed in society today. Students need to foster habits of close reading to develop automaticity in reading comprehension. Close reading is a necessary skill. People need the ability to read closely in order to understand complex text. In all areas of life, adults and children need to closely examine text. People need to closely read driving directions. Students need to read and reread the test directions and questions. Directions on medication need to be read carefully.

After introducing close reading to students in the classroom, kids and teens can practice close reading as a homework activity. In the picture above, the student closely read five paragraphs prior to a classroom lesson on ethos, pathos and logos. This gave the student some background information prior to the formal instruction provided by the teacher.



Educators can provide students with explicit instruction on closely reading the text. In order to engage readers, after reading the text, they can use coding during the second read. Coding can help readers dig-deeper into the text. The text visuals help readers to find information quickly during a visual scan.

Prior to reading the text:

  • Browse the content

Scan the text

Note important information such as headings, bold text, captions, italics, pictures, icons

  • Number the paragraphs and circle the paragraph numbers

During Reading:

Box words that you don’t know


Put an E next to evidence


Put a heart next to your favorite part heart1


! Put an exclamation point next to interesting or surprising facts


Ο Circle key terms, names of people, places and dates


Underline the main idea in each paragraph


Put a ? (question mark) by anything that you have a question about or that is confusing


Put an * (asterisk) next to possible test questions or important information


Online Books and Instructional Guides

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Educators and parents can utilize these helpful teacher’s guides to help with planning instructional lessons. These content-rich planning guides include engaging ideas to assist with instruction in close reading. Online books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at Big Universe.

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