Take note, young readers need close reading too! More than anything they need reading strategies to build comprehension. Close reading for elementary students is:
Close reading allows elementary students to develop a deep and detailed understanding of the text.
Have you noticed young readers who open a book a read from page 1 to the end? That’s what most young readers do. They don’t realize reading is a process that involves many strategies.
Close reading is the idea that students should use (and should be taught) text dependent strategies during reading. Your students will need your help in learning these strategies. Here’s a great set of reading strategies to start developing closer reading in elementary students.Close reading allows elementary students to have a deep & detailed understanding of text.Click To Tweet
Use these questions to help students notice details in the text. Help them take note of their thinking while they read.
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Close reading requires stepping back from the text and analyzing it as a whole. Great readers do this all the time, almost naturally. Elementary students may not even know this strategy exists. That’s why you should teach it.
A few key questions can help elementary students analyze the text. Use these questions to prompt thinking about organization and purpose.
There are some basic organizational patterns that students can look for.
This is so much more than just a type of question on a test. Analyzing the author’s purpose allows students to read closer and find deeper meaning.
You can see how these types of question require close reading. Students will strategically reread texts when they think about these questions. They will hunt for textual evidence and use close reading to find meaning within the text.
It’s not far from the reach of elementary students to read texts closely, to note and notice, and think deeply about text. A little teaching is all that is required. A little practice and close reading is a powerful strategy to enhance reading comprehension in elementary students!
I also recommend you tap here to read a previous post on 4 guided reading strategies that can enhance close reading and reading comprehension.
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