Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CLOSE READING BOOKMARKS | close reading strategies

CLOSE READING BOOKMARKS: This is a fun close reading activity that deepens Reading Comprehension Strategies. Using HOT questions and close reading strategies to help engage students during close reading that helps students deeply engage with the text.

Highly Effective Close Reading Strategies 

Close reading is the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text, with the objective to increase knowledge and too deep understanding of the concepts presented. A close reading emphasizes the single and the particular over the general, affected by close attention to individual words, the syntax, and the order in which the sentences unfold ideas, as the reader scans the line of text. 

HOW To and DIY?

Create CLOSE-READING BOOKMARKS that hits your targeted learning goals, think of close reading mini worksheets. Students cut apart the three close-reading bookmarks and randomly place them in the beginning, middle, and end of a chapter they are reading.

  1. How would you summarize the text in one sentence? 
  2. What ten keywords contain the main points in the text? 
  3. What Comprehension Strategies should you use? 
  4. What precise textual evidence is used to support the central idea? 
  5. Summarize one relevant idea or event? 
  6. Rank the ideas in order of importance! 
  7. What ideas might the author be suggesting rather than directly stating? 
  8. I predict…based on… 
Have students read the text with a buddy or independently and complete the mini close reading mini worksheets as they move through the text.

During the reading of the textbook chapter, when a student comes to the page where a bookmark is located, he or she completes the assignment on the bookmark and turns it in at the appropriate time. Partners that are reading together should have their individual bookmarks on different pages.

As a debrief discussion activity, have the students share their findings, thoughts, questions, and wow moments in small groups.

Extensions: Your students’ text illustration “bookmarks” can be displayed as a gallery-walk.

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