When we read for school and academic purposes we have to read differently than when we are reading for pleasure. When we read for school we know there is going to be an assessment of our reading during and after reading. That assessment can be a reading comprehension quiz, an essay or short response, even a project to show your understanding.
We tell our students to read closely? But what does that really mean for middle school students to close read?
I tell my students to think of an onion. There are many layers to an onion and similarly, there layers to the text we must uncover.
What does the text say?
How does the text work?
What does the text mean?
I created an interactive foldable to help reiterate close reading and the layers of reading or “ways of seeing” a text. This foldable offers students a visual and guiding questions reminding them of what is expected of them when reading in middle and high school.
The layers of close reading on the foldable are based on Fisher and Frey’s TDQs: Text Dependent Questions (2016) which I describe more in this post and connect with state assessments and the Common Core Standards in this post.
The foldable and directions are below.