Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How to be a TEXT Detective?


Close and analytical reading is purposeful reading that uses strategies to discover the deepest meaning of a text. Highly effective readers engage in close reading strategies to extract the most meaning from a complex and demanding text.

UNRAAVEL Reading Strategies Graphic Organizer

UNRAVELReading Comprehension Strategy

Unravel/Unpack/Ropes Reading Strategies (Bookmarks).pdf
How to be a Reading Detective By Cheryl Feucht, Reading Interventionist, grades 3-5 

Become A Nonfiction Reading Detective!

501Reading Comprehension Questions


U – Unpack the Genre, what and why are you reading? • Read the title as you underline it, read the reading comprehension questions, AND read the first and last sentence of each paragraph • Skimming the text will help you know what the reading selection is mainly about. (Numbering each paragraph is optional: NOT an OPTION with online test:)

N – Nexus with the text • Predict the main idea, and or themes of the passage based on your initial skimming • Use prior knowledge from similar passages to make connections • Use the title, heading, subheadings, pictures, graphs, etc. • Ask the text questions as you read • Nexus (“the act of binding together; bonding”)

D – Deduce and detect important ideas, concepts, facts, opinions, claims, and inferred ideas "keywords" • Deduce the important keywords and double underline each “idea” word if possible • This will help you locate the answers later. • It makes it easier to organize your writing and thoughts.

E – Eliminate the unimportant details, distractors, foofaraw, and any obviously wrong answers (
Distractors are the multiple choice response options that are not the correct ANSWER)

R – Rank the text • Rank keys ideas in order of importance 1-5, 1-3, Roman numerals, etcetera …

S – Subitize the main ideas and keywords. • Place the main ideas and keywords into groups. • What ideas or keywords keep showing up the most? THAT IS THE MAIN IDEA!

T – Text code it! • Confirm thoughts, Contradicts your thoughts, Raises a new question, Confuses you, Super important, Answers a question, Is new idea, interesting, or surprising An unknown word or a word that gets repeated

A – Answer the Reading Comprehension Questions in your mind and or your notes? • So you think you know what to look for and where to find it in the text • The reading comprehension questions usually explain the main ideas of the whole passage. • Do NOT answer anything yet • Mark where you found the answer

N – Nexus with the reading questions again • Is the question asking you to infer, find the main idea, draw a conclusion. Deduce the author's viewpoint, the main ideas, inferred ideas, themes and or ideas of the passage based on your initial skimming • Use prior knowledge from past close reading to make connections • Use the pictures, graphs, etc. • Ask the text questions as you read

D – Deduce, detect, and delete bogus “distractors” answers • Wrong, phony, false, fake ideas, concepts, facts, opinions, claims, and or inferred ideas must be eliminated! • Cross out any silly extraneous answers

I – Inspect your answer and find the exact answers in your text • Write the NUMBER of the paragraph and line number where you found your answer (or inferred answer) next to the question you selected


G – Go for the WIN, answer the question!

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