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Close Reading

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Peggy O'Reilly

on 8 October 2012

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Close Reading Close Reading
Careful and purposeful re-reading of a text
Develops a deep understanding of the passage
Focus on Author's Purpose
Word meaning
Structure/flow of the text
Ideas within the text
Embraces larger themes and ideas evoked and/or implied by the passage itself See Handout A Example of Close Reading "Reading closely" is the ability to comprehend information, analyzing how it is presented, determining the purpose of the author, establishing what it means, and applying it to your life. It is developing a deep understanding and a precise interpretation of a text that is based first and foremost on the words themselves. Close reading is a careful, deliberate reading of a text.
It requires paying close attention to what you are reading and focusing in on the little details and nuances of the text while reading, instead of simply focusing on the face value of the words on the page. Transaction between the Reader and the text
Give text dependent questions that require students to go back into the text and search for the answers
Analyze, Understand, Provide Evidence and Justification Reading What a Text Says
What does the text say?
Basic comprehension
Restatement-talks about the same as the original topic
Students can decode and read fluently to replicate the meaning intended by the author
Summary or paraphrase What a Text Does
How does the text say it?
Text examined to determine how it conveys ideas
Analyzed for structure, organization, genre, purpose, and perspective Analyzing what a Text Means: Interpretation
What a Text Means?
Interpretation/analyzes the text and asserts a meaning for the text as a whole (putting the message in a large context and determine theme) Activities
As a critical reader, students should
recognize every assumption as an
argument that must be carefully evaluated.
Arguments have a claim and support.
Claims assert a conclusion, an idea, an
opinion, a judgment, or a point of view
that the writer wants you to know.
Thesis or Theme
Thesis is generally used when referring to nonfiction.Theme is used when referring
to a literary work (fiction). Activities:
Circle most important word or phrase in a sentence, paragraph, or text
Underline the most important things told about a word or phrase (Fluent Scanning) Analyze text for structure, organization, genre, purpose, and perspective
What topics are discussed?
What examples and evidence are used?
What conclusions are reached?
What is the purpose?
What is the perspective
Author's craft: voice, dialogue, language, figures of speech, imagery, mood, tone, etc. Close Reading What Does Annotating Text Look Like in the Classroom?
Taking Notes
Highlighting, underlining, circling
Marking up the text to identify vocabulary that needs to be taught in advance (Map out text paragraph in advance)
One-syllable word summary The Tools of Critical Reading: Analysis and Inference:
1. What to look for (analysis)- involves recognizing the aspects of a discussion that control the meaning.
2. How to think about what you find (inferences)- involves the process of inferences, the interpretation of data from within the text. So What?
Making Connections
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