Close Reading Strategies For Reading Informational Text
Teach your students to be a good close reader by using these six close reading strategies for reading informational text.
Teach Students How to Read Informational Text
Bald Eagle Informational Text Unit for Google Classroom: This reading informational text unit on bald eagles will engage your students in practicing their reading informational text skills such as text features, making inferences, vocabulary, and more. Text-dependent questions and drag and drop activities are included in this unit and will encourage your students to read back into the text to find the answers. Great for Distance Learning.
Tips for Teaching Students to be a Good Close Reader
As you teach close reading, it’s important that you know the text backward and forwards. Every time you raise an issue or ask a question for discussion (e.g. “What does the author mean by the term ecosystem flooding? What part of the text supports explains this concept?”), you’ll know how to help your students find the textual evidence and where it’s located in the text. Modeling close reading through your class discussion is an important way to show close reading strategies in action.
2. Teach “Stretch Texts”
3. Teach Students to Look for the Evidence
Teachers should want students to leave their class knowing how to look for evidence. It’s the most central skill of the Common Core standards. Push students to go beyond recounting facts. As you’re planning, think about what higher-order questions you can ask in class discussions and written assignments.
4. Always Set a Purpose for Reading
After your students have read a text through once, help them dig deeper by setting a specific purpose for reading it again. Giving students something specific to focus on requires that they return to the text and really focus. We want to teach them to read back into the text to find answers. (e.g. “Why does the author claim that all Santa’s reindeer must be female?” or “What is one of the structural adaptations that reindeer have that help them survive on the tundra?”) I have digital escape rooms with informational text and my students know that they must read carefully in order to escape!
5. Focus on Making Connections
Rather than asking students a bunch of comprehension questions, focus their reading experiences around connecting with and remembering the text. Plan and ask questions that help you understand if students understand the text, and where they need to dig deeper into the big ideas.