Close Reading

What is close reading?

Close investigation of a short piece of text, with multiple readings done over multiple instructional lessons. Through text-based questions and discussions, students are GUIDED in analyzing what the text says, how it works, what it means, and how it inspires them.

Key Features of Close Reading

1. Short, Complex Text

· text can be as much as two grade levels higher

· text can be a few paragraphs or as much as a few pages

2. Repeated Readings

· can be several readings but should probably not be less than 3

· each reading has a different purpose

· teacher can read the text

3. Annotations

· “read with a pencil”

· teacher can have his/her own method (underline key words, write “lol” beside a part you thought was funny, ? beside something that you didn’t understand, etc.)

4. Collaborative Conversations

· “Turn-and-Talk”

· students are engaged with peers in conversation

5. Text Dependent Questions

· teacher strategically focuses student attention on challenging parts

· questions look at text structure, meaning, inferences, etc.

· require evidence from text

A "close read" can be longer but should be a minimum of three readings. If you are doing three readings, it would look something like this:

Close Reading, Grade 10
Close Reading, Grade 4
Close Reading--Day 1--2nd Grade--Making Think Marks
Close Reading with First Graders