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READING DETECTIVES

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Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
4,5,6,7

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READING DETECTIVES

READING DETECTIVESA Guide to Close Reading

What is CloseReading?

What Does it Look Like in the Classroom?

"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." (Burke, n.d.).

After deciding what needs to be learned, the teacher will choose a text, look closely at engaging points and key vocabulary, come up with some questions about it, and "model annotation methods" before modeling a close read (Lapp, Moss, Grant, & Johnson, 2015, p. 62).

Close reads can be done in a variety of groupings (Shanahan, 2018 ). Differentiated instruction, collaboration, and discussion are encouraged (Cleaver, 2014).  Close readings can be used to integrate subject matter throughout the curriculum (Cleaver, 2014). This approach enables teachers to better meet the needs of all learners effectively.

If students are able, their first read will be on their own;  they will reread the selection 3 times, digging deeper each time, to become independent learners (Boyles, 2012).

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