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Introduce the 3 Phases of Close Reading to Students

Posted on August 17, 2015
Introduce the 3 Phases of Close Reading to Students

Introduce the 3 Phases of Close Reading to Students

Posted on August 17, 2015

Introduce the 3 Phases of Close Reading to Students

Prepare students for the fact that there will be days you will read hard, complex text and days you will read simpler, just-right text. Tell them that this is normal--this is what readers do.

For the complex text, they will need to read it multiple times, gaining a deeper understanding of author ideas with each reading.

1. Reveal the eye glasses icon. Initially, readers comprehend on a surface level. They read to paraphrase/retell specific details, summarize the important concepts, and determine the main ideas.

2. Reveal the microscope icon. During a closer look, readers zoom in to analyze the text and evaluate author decisions about word choice, organization, and purpose.

3. Reveal the telescope icon. With a deeper comprehension of the text, readers zoom out and integrate new understanding from the text with other texts and bigger ideas.

After discussing each of the different reading purposes per phase, bring it all together. Introduce them to the process or framework of close reading and its three phases.

3 Phases of Close Reading
Use this mini-poster to connect the Thinking Voice thoughts to the phases of close reading.
 
Close Reading Triggers
Incorporate the close-reading triggers into your text-based discussions.