Close Reading

What Is Close Reading?

Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text's form, craft, meanings, etc. It is a key requirement of the Common Core State Standards and directs the reader's attention to the text itself.

Essentially, close reading means reading to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) supplies clarification useful for teaching with Common Core standards in mind:
 
Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately. Directing student attention on the text itself empowers students to understand the central ideas and key supporting details. It also enables students to reflect on the meanings of individual words and sentences; the order in which sentences unfold; and the development of ideas over the course of the text, which ultimately leads students to arrive at an understanding of the text as a whole. (PARCC, 2011, p. 7)If reading closely is the most effective way to achieve deep comprehension, then that's how we should teach students to read. But that description doesn't match much of the instruction I've witnessed in recent years.

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Close Reading - Amelia & Eleanor

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - Me & Uncle Romie

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - The Day the Crayons Quit - Full lesson plan with text dependent questions. 
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Close Reading - Far Side of the Moon

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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This is a great resource for understanding the process of close reading and how to create text-dependent questions across thinking levels
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Close Reading

by Marlin Jeffers

What is Close Reading?  This provides basic information on Close Reading.
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Close Reading - Seeker of Knowledge

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - The Houdini Box

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - The Horned Frog

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - The Stranger

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading - Tia Lola

by Victoria Reese, Ed.D.

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Close Reading with Text Dependent Questions
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Close reading strategy to use with Weather project.
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Close Read Generic Chart

by Annette Christiansen

Chart for close reading any text
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A short clip to share a close reading strategy
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Close Reading Examples

by Kaywin Cottle

Close Reading Examples from Language Arts Teacher
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Procedures for close reading and annotating text with a bibliography of useful articles and resources.
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Close Reading Article

by Bryan Rogers

This is a great article by Dr. Fisher and Dr. Fry. Provides a very clear model or approach for close reading.
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