To meet today's rigorous standards, students need to be able to think critically to uncover the
layers of meaning within a text and deepen their comprehension. The engaging Close Read Passages require
multiple reads, each with a specific purpose supported by meaningful text-dependent questions that
promote discussion. The Close Reading Packs allow students to build important 21st century skills as they
read related passages and collaborate to communicate their answer to an overarching Key Question.
Close reading requires students to analyze, evaluate, and think critically about a given text.
The Close Read Passages help students practice these skills as they read a text multiple times.
The Close Read Question Guides include text-dependent questions that help teachers guide students
to use annotation and other close reading skills to find the layers of meaning within a text.
Some passages are also connected to Leveled Books at a similar reading level, allowing teachers
to take close reading further by creating cross-textual connections.
The Close Reading Packs combine close reading skills with collaboration and communication
skills to help students answer a text-dependent Key Question, giving teachers with a powerful
tool to meet rigorous standards.
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.
Student Response Sheet
Close Read Passages
Begin by reading the Close Read Overview provides information on close reading, using the
Close Read Question Guide and Close Read Questions, annotating, extension activities, and
Close Read Questions & Question Guide
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