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Close reading is an important part of Common Core because it helps students think and reflect deeply on the text. However, it think it’s a great strategy for ALL teachers to use, regardless of whether your state has adopted Common Core. It’s just plain good teaching!
I remember teaching my third graders to use “think marks” like stars, question marks, and exclamation marks as far back as 2001. I attended a Junior Great Books training in 2004 and often used the Socratic method for teaching reading—that’s a perfect fit for close reading. Starting in 2008, our district adopted a curriculum in which students would read and re-read the same text repeatedly throughout the week so they could delve more deeply into it. So in my opinion, close reading isn’t something brand new that requires us to throw out everything we know about reading instruction–it’s a natural evolution of the way teachers have taught for decades.
There is no one set way or “right” way for teaching kids to do close reading. It will look different in different classrooms and with different grade levels. In this post, I’ve collected some of my favorite examples of close reading in action, as well as tools and resources to help you teach close reading in a way that’s attainable and meaningful for your students.
All of the resources below contain FREE info and valuable ideas in the post. A few of the sites that show what close reading looks like in real classrooms include links to paid products, but the products are not the focus of the post.
I’d love to hear how your reading instruction has changed over the years, and how close reading fits into what you’re doing now. Any other great resources for helping you do close reads with your students?