Creating Successful Students: Taking Notes and Close Reading

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 2, 2015 7:05:08 AM


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Explicitly instructing students on how to take notes provides students with a valuable academic skill that they can utilize for life!

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Studies show that students of all ages tend to remember more if they take notes. Organizing information visually is an excellent way to help learners understand the content.

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Close Reading

Close reading is synonymous with it’s name. It is closely reading. In more specific detail, it is teaching students to read a text and to analyze the text. Close reading requires students to interact with text and reread it. It is like reading with a magnifying glass. Close reading helps to develop a better understanding of the text for readers. Teachers can use the magnifying glass analogy with close reading to remind students to look and read closely. Primary students can pretend to use a magnifying glass to read closely, when they first learn this practice. Teachers can even have students make large magnifying glasses with cardstock paper and use these to practice, closely reading.

Introducing Close Reading To Students

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?
Note new words and phrases in the text
Use vocabulary strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words in the text
Find the answers to text-dependent questions

Third Read-Deepen Understanding

What can you infer from 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 text-dependent questions

Online Books and Instructional Guides

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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Taking 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.

For more information read Close Reading For Homework.

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