Close Reading Passages of Literature

Encourage kids to think deeply about what they are reading with five thought-provoking questions about one passage. After choosing a passage that is intriguing or confusing to them, learners write a summary, explain what they like or dislike about it, note any unfamiliar words, and make connections between parts of the rest of the book.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a book report form or reading group activity
  • Have kids use the assignment with their independent reading, an assigned novel, or a short story that they read in class
  • Use the same passage for all the kids in your class, and split everyone into five groups (one for each question), prompting them to present the results of their discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Prompts kids to copy the passage in a section of the page; save time by printing copies of the worksheet with a common passage already provided
Pros

  • Questions are well written and address multiple reading skills
  • Applicable to any piece of literature that you are working on in class
Cons

  • None