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Conducting a Close Read

Conducting a Close Read


1. Describe what close reading is.

2. Give strategies for conducting a close read.


This tutorial will provide students with the necessary skills to conduct close reading of fiction and nonfiction materials.

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What is Close Reading?

Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or 
patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, or meanings.

Close reading includes: 

  • Using short passages and excerpts 
  • Diving right into the text with limited pre-reading activities 
  • Focusing on the text itself 
  • Rereading deliberately 
  • Reading with a pencil (for annotating purposes)
  • Noticing things that are confusing 
  • Discussing the text with others 
  • Responding to text-dependent questions (gathering and using evidence)



Notice and Note: Strategies to Conduct a Close Read

This video gives six analysis strategies to help students conduct a close read of both fiction and nonfiction.

Notice and Note review questions


1. What are the six signposts the narrator describes in the video?

2. What literary term would  apply to Contrasts and Contradictions ?

3. What three phrases clue a reader in to an Aha Moment?

4. What is a good way to note an Aha Moment?

5. What will the Tough Questions phrases express?

6. What is the setting surrounding the Words of the Wiser?

7. What is the purpose of the sage character?

8. What three literary terms are involved with Again and Again?

9. Why would an author include a Memory Moment?

10.  Why are these signposts important when close reading a text?


A Notice and Note reminder

This song will remind students of the purpose of Notice and Note.