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Close Reading: Citing Examples from a Text:

Close Reading: Citing Examples from a Text Leah Fisk 8/3/16


Objective Students will be able to cite s pecific examples from a text in a brief written response. Students will be able to complete a close reading activity of an assigned reading.

Numbering the paragraphs:

Numbering the paragraphs Each Paragraph receives a number Even if the paragraph is only a couple sentences in length Do not number headings

Chunk the Text:

Chunk the Text Take a few minutes to review the first sentence of each paragraph. Take an educated guess on how the reading passage is structured. Chunk the paragraphs together in a way that makes sense to you. FOR EXAMPLE: paragraphs 1-3 might be introducing the topic, paragraphs 4-5 might be talking about the benefits of the topic, paragraphs 6-8 might be talking about what’s bad about the topic, and paragraph 9 might be the conclusion on the topic There is no right or wrong way to chunk as long as you can justify your reason for how you chunked it. Draw a line under each group of paragraphs to show how you chunked the reading passage

Underline and Circle:

Underline and Circle Before you begin underlining and circling words or sentences, take a minute to read the question you will be asked to answer after completing the reading. Knowing what you’re looking for in the text will put PURPOSE on your reading FOR EXAMPLE: if the question is asking you about the benefits of the topic you will want to focus on UNDERLINING AND CIRCLING what the author states is good about the topic and ignore any negative thoughts the author presents

What is the author “saying”- Left margin:

What is the author “saying”- Left margin In the left margin summarize in ten words or less what each “chunk” is saying.

Dig Deeper- Right Margin:

Dig Deeper- Right Margin Do one of three things in the right margin: Use verbs to describe what the author is doing: “Comparing two characters” Represent the “chunk” with a drawing of some kind Ask questions. Asking questions that will allow you to better analyze the text. Ask questions like: what does this word mean? What does the author mean by this …?

Close Reading to Cite Evidence:

Close Reading to Cite Evidence To cite specific evidence from a text: R efer to the paragraph number Place Quotation marks around direct quotes (“the text says … ”) Specifically answer the question being asked then provide evidence from the text to prove why you answered the question the way you did.

Your Turn:

Your Turn To assess your understanding of this skill you will be reading an informational page about the Statue of Liberty and answer a question about it. You will be graded on your completion of the close reading strategy and your written response to the question. E ach of the five steps of the close reading strategy must be evident on the text page. Your written response should be at least three paragraphs in length and provide at least TWO pieces of evidence from the text

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