Educators, parents and librarians can teach students these easy steps for close reading. Posting the steps and questions in the classroom as a visual reference for students helps to build automaticity in reading and comprehension.
First Read-Read For Information
- What is the text trying to communicate?
- What is the main idea?
- Do you have any questions about the text?
- What genre is the text?
Second Read-Reread Encourage readers to reread to find new information
- What is the purpose of the text?
- What have you learned from the text?
- Note new words and phrases in the text. What are they? Underline or highlight them.
- Use vocabulary strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words in the text. Can you figure out the meaning of new words by using context clues?
- Find the answers to text-dependent questions. Can you cite evidence from the text?
Third Read-Deepen Understanding
- What can you infer from the text?
- Are there any new insights from the rereading the text?
- What evidence can the reader cite from the text?
- Make connections with the text to deepen understanding (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-the-world)
- Verify the answers to questions. Support with evidence.
- How does your prior knowledge help you to comprehend he text?
- What can you do with the information that you learned from the text?
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Online Books and Instructional Guides
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