Close reading is identified in the Common Core State Standards for all elementary, middle, and high school students. Teachers can post this Close Reading chart in their classrooms. Students can also be given a handout for reference.
Students should be taught to closely read short pieces of text to gain information. Students can read the text and code it. They can code the text on the first, second or third read.
Close Reading Information
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
Box words that you don’t know
Put an E next to evidence
! 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
For more information on close reading visit Close Reading For Homework.