Holly, from Fourth Grade Flipper, explains what Close Reading is, and how she works it into her teaching.
“If you came into our classes and asked our students what close reading is, what they’d probably describe is something that can be boiled down to this: the careful interpretation of a text wherein which readers pay close attention to the way ideas unfold as they read. Often, this involves annotating texts for the sake of slowing ourselves down and recording our thinking so that we can do cool stuff with what you read.
- close reading slows us down and allows us to interpret difficult passages;
- it keeps us focused on our purpose for reading (e.g., finding a claim to argue with);
- it leaves us “bread crumbs” with which we can find our way back to our thinking later on, like when we’ve got to write a paper or prepare for a discussion.
For any close reading, it is helpful to consider the following components:
- Introduce complex vocabulary
- Establish a purpose
- Model higher-order reading/thinking
- Partner practice
- Check for understanding
- Independent practice