Key Features of a Close Read

What is a close read?

"Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately."


Basic Close Reading Protocol

  1. Read to get a sense of the text
  2. Read and annotate for basic understanding of the text (summarize, explain, question, etc.)
  3. Read and annotate for deeper understanding of the text that allows for response to the purpose (analysis, connections, evaluations, etc.)

Note: Three readings is not set in stone. Students may need to reread many times to strengthen their understanding of a text. Think of how many times a teacher may have to read a text before using it in class, for example. All learners benefit from collaborative conversations about text; consider how best to build this into their reading process.

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