A New Approach to the Close Reading Strategy

What are #BookSnaps

#BookSnaps have taken the world by storm!

#BookSnaps were originally designed as a way to "snap" book quotes during a book study to increase interaction among the participants. #BookSnaps are images of text that have been digitally annotated using functions like drawing tools, emojis, text labels, etc. Essentially, Booksnaps take a high-yield instructional strategy. close reading, to a fun and creative level. We want students engaging with text–making connections to themselves, to other texts, and to the world around them, which is what #booksnaps allow.

Many forms of #BookSnaps have been created over the year using different apps. Some other variations of #BookSnaps are #ScienceSnaps, #MathSnaps, and #HistorySnap. #BookSnaps can be designed using apps such as SnapChat, SeeSaw, Google Drawings, Pic Collage for Kids, and Book Creator. It could also be adapted for Google Slides, PowerPoints, etc.

There are lots of resources for #BookSnaps on the Internet. Just do a Google search for #BookSnaps.

How Can #BookSnaps be used in the Classroom?

• To annotate and share excerpts of the book you’re reading

• It allows the reader to connect an idea or thought by creating a digital visual representation. (The visual representation solidifies the text content within the mind and signals the brain to retrieve the idea from memory).

• Diagram the rise, fall, and climax of the plot

• Highlight figurative language and imagery

• Notate character conflict and internal struggles

• To personally connect to the text; this is my favorite!

• Point out the main idea or a supporting argument

• It has its own hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter!

• It’s EASY! Just read, snap, reflect, add stickers, share, and repeat.

Sharing the Love of #BookSnaps with Tara Martin


#BookSnaps - How-To-Videos and Examples