Close Reading Lessons
Teach careful analysis of text, especially informational text, with close reading strategies such as identifying key information, summarizing, and finding evidence in sources to support answers to questions.
Why Use Close Reading Lessons
Close reading requires students to think critically and methodically about the way a text is organized and how an author's purpose and choice of words affects the reading. Close reading skills and strategies help students better understand a text and answer questions about it.
Being able to identify key information, summarize, and use evidence from a text strengthens students' abilities to evaluate text and make important connections within and between texts to support their responses to questions about the text.
How to Use Close Reading Lessons
Close Reading Lessons focus on in-the-text and beyond-the-text strategies that help students understand that evidence or key information is sometimes explicitly found in the text and at other times inferred from the text.
Student passages, charts, and questions in printable and projectable formats provide flexibility in how you model, practice, and assess students' skills with various close reading strategies.
Step-by-step instructions and a sample dialog section called I Do, We Do, You Do helps teachers gradually release responsibility for learning to students.