Reading Closely for Textual Details: "We reckoned now that we were at the Pole"

Enhance the reading experience with a set of lessons designed to improve textual analysis. Seventh graders use guiding questions to read both informational text and literature closely in the first part of the unit. Next, they work on questioning the text and analyzing details of what they have read. The final parts of the unit prompt learners to explain their understanding and discuss ideas with peers in a text-based discussion.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a mainstream class or for reading intervention
  • Bring the activities and lessons to a literacy center, or send home for parents to practice with young readers
  • Encourage learners to note their reading strategies in a journal or reading log
Classroom Considerations

  • The unit is divided into five parts, each with five lessons that focus on different aspects of close reading
  • Does not include a table of contents, but a unit outline is available on page 9
Pros

  • Promotes using strong literary and textual evidence
  • Includes instructional supports for English learners and struggling readers
  • Aligns with Common Core reading and writing standards, as well as speaking and listening standards
  • Provides all reading passages and graphic organizers
  • Offers opportunities for extension and assessment
Cons

  • None