Close Reading promotes careful analysis of text while building the 21st century skills of critical thinking,
collaboration, and communication. With Close Reading Packs, students consider a Key Question as they read
passages on a common topic, and then participate in small-group and whole-class discussions. With 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.
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
Close Reading Packs combine close reading skills with collaboration and communication skills to help
students answer a text-dependent Key Question, giving you a powerful tool to meet rigorous 21st
Student Response Sheet
Use the Teaching Tips to help lead discussion and address important skills such as comprehension, author’s craft, and critical thinking.
Guide student note-taking and teach re-reading skills and strategies to help students answer Key Questions and meet Common Core State Standards.
Close Read Questions & Question Guide
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