|Current Close Reading Procedure in my Class|
Once this is done we then number the paragraphs. Starting with the first paragraph I ask the students to underline what they think the author's message is, or what is the one important idea the author wants you to know. We then discuss this and come to a consensus. We then look at the other sentences and see how the author has connected relevant facts to the message. This is a strategic time to point out what text structure the author is using: sequence, cause and effect, compare and contrast, etc. The final part involves inferring. I ask usually pick out a sentence from the paragraph and ask the students what they could infer about it. We underline the sentence and put the word "WHY" next to it in the margins. We then infer and put our answer in the margins. We repeat the same procedure for the next and following paragraphs. We do not have to do all the paragraphs the same day, especially since close reading does take a long time to do during class. My hope is that by continued practice with this procedure, my students will begin internalizing the procedure and do it automatically on their own. Below is a sample of one of my ELL students on a past close reading selection. I have hi lighted the inference and the summary.
|Close Reading sample from an ELL student|
I would like to hear your thoughts on how you approach Close Reading in your classroom with your students!
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