A close read is a reading strategy used to help students gain a deeper understanding of the selected text. There are varied approaches to a close read. Most close reads include the following components:
*Number the paragraphs: CCRS (College and Career Ready Standard’s) asks students to be able to cite and refer to the text (give evidence from the text). One simple way to do this is by numbering each paragraph or section in the margin. When students refer to the text, they are required to state which paragraph they are referring to. This enables the rest of the class to quickly find what evidence their peer is referring to.
Telling students to simply underline “the important stuff” is overwhelming and does not meet a meaningful purpose. Students need to be directed to underline and circle very specific things. In my class, we use a specific set of Close Read Codes (see picture). I will add new codes as needed (as content becomes more complex).
- Represent the text with a picture. Have students illustrate what they were visualizing while reading.
- Ask questions. Have students write down what questions the text made them have. (This made me wonder. . . )
- Make connections. How does this text / passage relate to you? What do you have in common with this character?