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 read a short,
engaging text multiple times. Each read has a defined purpose supported by text-dependent questions that
can be answered through discussion. In the Close Reading Packs, students contemplate a Key Question as
they read passages on a common topic, and then participate in small-group and whole-class discussions.
Close reading requires students to analyze, evaluate, and think critically about a given text.
The Close Read Passages help students practice these skills as they read a text multiple times.
The Close Read Question Guides include text-dependent questions that help teachers guide students
to use annotation and other close reading skills to find the layers of meaning within a text.
Some passages are also connected to Leveled Books at a similar reading level, allowing teachers
to take close reading further by creating cross-textual connections.
The Close Reading Packs combine close reading skills with collaboration and communication
skills to help students answer a text-dependent Key Question, giving teachers with a powerful
tool to meet rigorous standards.
Close Reading Packs
The Teaching Tips that accompany each Close Reading Pack provide suggestions to help teachers
act as discussion leaders as well as address important skills such as comprehension, author's
craft, and critical thinking.
Student Response Sheet
Close Read Passages
Begin by reading the Close Read Overview provides information on close reading, using the
Close Read Question Guide and Close Read Questions, annotating, extension activities, and
Close Read Questions & Question Guide
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