Close Reading Packs Tips
Engaging Passages Teach 21st Century Skills
Build important 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, with our Close Reading Packs. Focusing on a Key Question, each student in a group reads a short fiction or nonfiction passage on a shared topic. Small-group and whole-class discussions help students begin to answer the Key Question. Finally, all students read a Connecting Passage meant to guide them when applying their close reading and communication skills.
Why Use Close Reading Packs
Close reading requires student to analyze, evaluate, and think critically about a given text. By combining those skills with collaboration and communication skills to construct an answer to a text-dependent Key Question, Close Reading packs provide teachers with a powerful tool to meet rigorous standards.
How to Use Close Reading Packs
The Teaching Tips that accompany each Close Reading Pack provide suggestions to help teachers act as discussion leaders as well as address important skills such as comprehension, author's craft, and critical thinking.
- Four Student Passages allow for close reading practice on cross-curricular topics in individual and group work settings.
- The Connecting Passage lets students apply their learning.
Student Response Sheet
- This two-page form lets students record evidence needed to answer the text-dependent Key Question.
- This document provides suggestions to help you act as a discussion leader as well as address important skills such as comprehension, author's craft, and critical thinking.
- The tips also set a purpose for note-taking and re-reading skills and strategies that help students answer Key Questions and meet Common Core State Standards.
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