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Reading Complex Text

These steps to reading complex text are from Pearson Literature, Alabama Common Core Teacher Edition, Pages CC66-CC71. Have students use their textbooks to look for additional information and models.
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Deborah Pippin

on 26 August 2013

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Transcript of Reading Complex Text

Steps to Reading
Complex Text

Multidraft Reading
Close Read the Text
Ask Questions
Let's Practice
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Page 540 and Handout
Instructions- You must have written notes for all information and ideas.
1st Read- Use close reading and questioning techniques to understand basic meaning and key ideas.
2nd Read- Look for text structures and organizational patterns (repeated words, anaphora, syntax, figurative language, connotations, etc)
3rd Read- Determine the main idea and evaluate effectiveness.


1st Reading
Gain basic understanding
Look for story basics or main ideas
Determine the speaker
Note setting and situation
3rd Reading
Compare and Contrast with others
Evaluate overall effectiveness
Evaluate central idea or theme
2nd Reading
Artistry and Effectiveness
Structure and Organizational Patterns
(and why)
Uses of Language
Break down long sentences
Look for subject and its verb
Identify modifiers and additional information
Reread Passages
Make sure you understand meaning.
If you don't get, read it again.
Identify Pronoun Antecedents
Paraphrase
Using the previous close read tips, put the ideas from the text into your own words.
Look for Context Clues
Restatement
Definition
Examples
Contrasts
When sentences have pronouns, make sure you understand which noun the pronoun is replacing.
Identify Conjunctions
F.A.N.B.O.Y.S (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)

When you see a conjunction, work to understand the relationship between ideas.
Craft and Structure
Analyze how the author developed and structured the text.
Look for ways the author arfully used language.
Determine how those word choices impacted the meaning and tone.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Key Ideas and Details
Locate and cite explicit information.
Draw inferences.
Compare to other texts.
Analyze the arguments.
Think critically about the text's ideas.
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