Taking the Rocket Science out of Close Reading

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If you go searching Pinterest at anchor charts about shut studying, it will get actually overwhelming actually quick!  It looks as if it’s about each studying technique you’ve ever seen all put collectively at the identical time.  How the heck do you craft a lesson round that?  It’s time to take the rocket science out of shut studying!

After studying anchor charts and articles, these have been my predominant take-aways:

close reading

Close studying is:
*an tutorial method
*college students including information gained from textual content to their schema
*constructing habits of profitable readers
*constructing stamina and persistence with advanced textual content
*integrating a number of studying methods

Close Reading Is Not:
*a whole studying program
*a time for tons of front-loading
*for straightforward, brief texts
*time to work on fluency or decoding

Close Reading Looks Like:
*repeated readings of the identical textual content
*instructor setting a goal for every studying
*annotating textual content
*answering of text-dependant questions
*utilizing textual content proof to defend concepts

Close Reading Includes:
*a brief textual content or half of an extended textual content
*some front-loading when background can’t be constructed from textual content
*college students studying or instructor studying as acceptable

It’s essential to understand that whereas tons of skills and strategies can be used inside shut studying, you solely need to select a few (I am going with three) abilities per shut studying lesson.  Here’s a lesson planner to assist you to select abilities, set a goal for every studying, and observe up with text-dependent questions:
 This free close reading planning page makes it easy to teach close reading strategies using any text
close reading lesson planner

Click the image to obtain the planning sheet

Here’s how it really works:


Pick a textual content to use.  It ought to be brief and difficult to your college students.  I picked these two pages from Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons.  I selected it as a result of it’s a couple of advanced science idea that my college students are finding out.


The identify of the sport with shut studying is repeated readings.  To maintain the lesson targeted, I plan to do three readings and work on one ability for every studying.


Before every studying, level your college students towards the ability you need to work on by setting a goal for the studying. The “Set Purpose” bins on the planning sheet offer you some sentence starters and you may add notes to match the textual content and the ability you selected.  Annotating textual content is a ability practiced in shut studying.  When setting a goal for studying, you may select to encourage your college students to mark locations in the textual content that present clues or assist that reply you’re searching for.


After every studying, ask your college students text-dependent questions that match the ability you’re specializing in.  On the planning sheet, there are acceptable questions horizontally throughout from every ability.  You can add notes about the query you need to ask or about the reply you’re searching for.  Ask college students to present proof in the textual content for his or her solutions.  


In this image you may also see that for every studying, I’ve chosen who will do the studying (college students read, choral studying, or instructor reads).  I selected “teacher reads” for the first two readings as a result of I believed there have been a number of phrases my 2nd graders couldn’t decode on their very own and I wished them to give attention to comprehending.  By the third read I selected “choral reading” as a result of after listening to the textual content a pair of instances, I feel they are going to be prepared to assist with the studying.

There are many various methods for selecting who will do the studying.  Think about how nicely your college students decode, what variety of vocabulary is used, and what you need your college students to give attention to. (extra on vocabulary instruction here)

I hope this has helped you are feeling extra snug with shut studying!


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Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise in the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.

Author: Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise in the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.