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Copy of Notice and Note Lessons

Strategies for Close Reading

Deana Cleason

on 5 November 2013

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Notice & Note
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When you take a journey through a book, don't forget to STOP! at any NOTICE & NOTE Signposts
To independently, confidently, and competently notice those points in the story that might yield the most insight into the text, the author's intentions, and the character's motives; to notice those moments that trigger your own memories and thoughts about your own lives, about other texts you have encountered, and about events in the world.

(Beers & Probst 5)
Strategies for
Close Reading

Contrasts and Contradictions
Anchor Question
"Why is the character doing that?"
The answers could help you make a prediction or make an inference about the plot and conflict.
Stop and Note and Notice
When you're reading and a character (who is probably older and a lot wiser) takes the main character aside and gives serious advice
Stop and Notice and Note
Definition: When you're reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, or situation mentioned over and over.
Aha Moment
Anchor Question
How might this change things?
If the character figures out a problem, you probably just learned about the conflict.

If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the theme.
Tough Questions
Stop! and Notice and Note
Definition: When you're reading and the character asks himself a really difficult question.
Anchor Question
What does this question make me wonder about?
The answers will tell you about the conflict and might give you ideas about what will happen later in the story.
Words of the Wiser
Anchor Question
What's the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?
Whatever the lesson is, you've probably found a theme for the story.
Again and Again
Anchor Question
Why does this keep showing up again and again?
The answers will tell you about the them and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.
Memory Moment
Stop and Notice and Note
Definition: When you're reading and the author interrupts the action to tell you a memory.
Anchor Question
Why might this memory be important?
The answers will tell you about the theme, conflict or might foreshadow what will happen later in the story.
"Suddenly, I understood..."

"It came to me in a flash that..."

"The realization hit me like a lightning bolt..."

"In an instant I knew..."
"What could I possibly do...?"

"I couldn't imagine how I could cope with..."

"How could I ever understand why she..."

"Never had I been so confused..."
The main character and another are usually off by themselves, in a quiet serious moment, and the wiser figure shares his wisdom or advise in an effort to help the main character with a problem or decision.
A word is repeated, sometimes used in an odd way, over and over in the story.
An image reappears several times during the course of the book.
The ongoing flow of the narrative is interrupted by a memory that comes to the character, often taking several paragraphs to recount before we are returned to events of the present moment.
2. What is an AHA moment?
Do Now:
Answer the following question at a Level 0. You will have 4 minutes.
1. Write down all of the questions you were asked this weekend.

Example: What time did you wake up?
What are you doing tonight?
Do Now
Tough Question from Notice and Note
Shared Reading with Tough Question (TQ)
Independent Practice with TQ
Assessment on Notice and Note
Independent Reading
Exit Ticket:
Directions: On the same sheet you did your DO NOW, answer the following two questions. You will have 5 minutes and we are working at a Level 0.

1. Write down a Tough Question you have ever encountered in your life.

2. What was your reaction to Salva’s final tough question? How did it make you feel?
Do Now:
I CAN analyze key ideas of literary texts by noting and noticing literary signposts.
Do Now
Examining Memory Moment
Shared Reading with signpost Memory Moment (MM)
Independent Practice with MM
Exit Ticket
Answer the following two questions on a sheet of paper. Complete on a sheet of paper at a Level 0 for 5 minutes.

1. How does an author demonstrate/show the signpost Again and Again in a text?

2. What is one memory you have that you find important in your life?
Exit Ticket:
On the same sheet you did your Do Now, answer the following two questions.

1.What was the last moment in the story where you marked the WW signpost? Why?

2. How did you respond to the anchor question on that signpost?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Exit Ticket:
1. What is the author's purpose for mentioning certain words, phrases, objects, or situations again and again in a story?

2. Why do you think it's important to notice when an author says or does something again and again in their story?
Below your DO NOW, respond to the following 2 questions at a Level 0. You will have 5 minutes.

1. What does a MM show us as readers about our characters in a story?

2. Why would an author want to show us a MM a character is having?
Exit Ticket:
Write a paragraph reflecting on the story we read in class.

Make sure to answer:
How does Hope feel about her memories? Are they positive or negative? How do you know this from the text?

Definitions: Contrasts and Contradictions
A sharp contrast between what we would expect and what we observe the character doing.

Behavior that contradicts previous behavior or well-established patterns.
Aha Moment
A character's realization of something that shifts his actions or understanding of himself, others, or the world around him.
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