Here are a few questions middle and high school students ask themselves during the close reading process.

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I jumped on the “close reading” bandwagon pretty early on, so I’ve had a lot of time to try it and reflect back on my complete and utter failures using it. And there have been failures, trust me. In my first lesson using it, I had a student underline every single word on the page and write in the left margin “It was about bullies”. He technically followed my directions…

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FREEBIE! Figurative Language Stories {Close Reading} for Grades 4-8 Get Week 1 FREE! These stories are full of figurative language including simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, idiom, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and allusion. Students annotate, identify, analyze, modify, and revise figurative language stories.

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Teachers, have you ever tried "text mapping?" It's a great way to get your students (especially your struggling learners!) close reading!!

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One of my teachers in high school taught us something similar to this. Good way to teach students to think analytically about texts

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