Close Reading Introduction

On day 3 and 4 this week (Thursday and Friday), we’ll be beginning our close reading unit. Close reading is a kind of careful reading we use for very difficult text, for important text, or when we have something specific we are looking to learn from a text. It’s not usually something we use when we read for pleasure, but it can be very useful for things like research projects or tests.

Here is a simple version of close reading that works in many situations:

Read ONCE

…for the flow and the big idea.

THINK and PLAN

….What do you need to know?

….What is your purpose for reading?

RE-READ with a PURPOSE

…. and think again!

We’ll be practicing this more in the weeks that come.

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