Close Reading: Steps and Questions To Post In The Classroom

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 25, 2015 4:36:45 PM


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?

For more information read Close Reading For Homework.

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Educators and parents can utilize these helpful teacher’s guides and informational texts 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 Unverse 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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Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 8.46.10 PMTaking Notes and Close Reading
Meg Greve (author)
ISBN: 9781627179263
Rourke Publishing
Want to be more successful in school? This book will help you achieve this by using two important strategies that can help you understand what you are learning: note taking and close reading. With simple steps on how to stay organized for that upcoming quiz or project, readers will be able to tackle new ideas or challenging topics. This book is filled with great ideas on how to use these two strategies to ensure you ace your next test! This book will allow students to determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

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