Close Read Steps and a FREEBIE!

Close reading is so important when teaching with the Common Core.  It helps students to dissect more complex texts. Some students benefit from a step-by-step visual aid to help them with their close reading.  That is why I made these Step-By-Step CLOSE Read Posters!  Click on any of my pictures or the link to my store to find out more about this freebie! 

Introducing how to "Close Read" a particularly tough piece of text shouldn't be a surprise to students. They love to be able to hear (and see) what is expect from them throughout the lesson. You might even minimize these steps in order to give students their own copy to keep at their table, at a center, or in their reading journal.
I use Text Codes in my classroom, such as a star symbol for important information, or a question mark for something that is confusing. Younger grades can underline unfamiliar words or sight words they recognize.
I love to partner-share! Students get feedback on what they noticed, and often find connections to others about what similarities they have found in what they thought they read.
Upper grades can be given a specific mood or tone to listen for. Beginning readers can listen for the author's voice or craft.
Another chance to share, often to wrap up day 1 of the close read via exit slip or journal writing. Sometimes this is a good way to begin day 2 of the close read and refresh the students' thinking.
Independently reading pieces of higher text complexity allows all learners to be exposed to literature rich in vocabulary and craft. I always use a short piece of the reading to Close Read in cases where you are studying a larger piece of text. For younger grades, choose a commonly read but not always commonly dissected piece of writing to read together in a Close Read.
Citing the text is key! So often educators forget the importance of teaching students HOW to cite the text. We just expect them to DO it, but don't show them what it looks like. 

That's a post for another day, though ;)

I have also created an anchor for upper grades. This was my inspiration! 


  1. Thank you! Can/t wait for the post about showing students how to cite texts!

  2. Me either!! I am working on a unit now!

  3. I continuously use a small piece of the reading to Close Read in cases where you are studying a larger piece of text. For newer marks, select a usually read but not continuously usually dissected piece of online assignment writing to read together in a Close Read.

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