“Close Reading – an intensive analysis of a text in order to come to terms with what it says, how it says it, and what it means.” Tim Shanahan
“Focused, sustained reading and rereading of a text for the purpose of understanding key points, gathering evidence, and building knowledge." Pearson, page 48
How to Do a Close Read:
- Teacher introduces the text and sets the purpose and the students read.
- Students annotate the text, i.e., “read with a pencil or “interrogate the text.”
- Students talk through their understanding of the text with a partner.
- Teacher reads passages of text out loud as students follow along.
- Teacher guides discussion (whole group, small group or partners) of the passage with text dependent questions.
- Students record their thinking.
WI Department of Public Instruction