Passages for Teaching 21st Century Skills
Close Reading promotes careful analysis of text while building the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. With the Close Read Passages, students are guided through repeated readings of a single passage using strategic discussion and questioning at four layers of depth, from surface level to a deeper understanding of the text.
Why Close Read Passages
- Close reading requires students to analyze, evaluate, and think critically about a given text.
- Close Read Passages help students practice close reading skills through multiple readings of the text. The accompanying Close Read Question Guides offer scaffolded questions to help you guide students in using close reading skills to find layers of meaning in a text. Some passages are also connected to Leveled Books at a similar reading level, enabling you to create cross-textual connections.
How to Use Close Read Resources
- Encourage student practice using two- to four-page grade-appropriate passages engaging topics.
- Print, project, or assign passages digitally for whole-class, small-group, or individual instruction.
- Differentiate instruction using multilevel passages. The three levels are indicated by dots on the passage: one dot (•) for the lowest level; two dots (••) for the middle level; three dots (•••) for the highest level.
Close Read Questions & Question Guide
- Challenge students with scaffolded questions during each reading of the text. (You can project the Close Read Questions for the whole class or print out and cut up individual questions for discussion groups or independent responses.)
- The guide also includes optional questions, an answer key, details about the passage text, and information about cross-textual connections for passages connected to Leveled Books.