Close Reading Review

Most of us have some experience with close reading in Humanities. Close reading is reading strategy we can use when we are reading particularly challenging text, or when we are reading for a specific purpose. In the week leading up to MAP testing, we’ve been reviewing a simplified version of this routine:

Read ONCE

…for the flow and the big idea.

THINK and PLAN

….What do you need to know?

….What is your purpose for reading?

If you are taking a test, the purpose is to answer as many questions correctly as you can! The purpose is in the questions!

RE-READ with a PURPOSE

…. and think again!

We’ve talked about this one-on-one and we’ll be practicing in class with real text.

Goal Setting/Close Reading

On days 1 and 2 this week (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll be reviewing our academic goals and thinking about what we need to focus on in the coming week. Check your powerschool, your calendar etc. and come to your conference with me ready to talk about what you’ve been doing well, and what you want to work on in the coming 10 days.

On days 3 and 4 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll be practicing one more close read. This time, like last, the first time we read will be for the big ideas and flow; the second time, we’ll read to make sure we have answers to the questions that follow the text.

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.