Do you want your students to be stronger readers? Close reading can help your students slow the reading process down and teach them to be "mindful" readers.
Annotating is a key component to close reading. Annotating is a skill that needs to be practiced and built up with students.
If done regularly and with purpose, annotating a text can be a powerful tool for active reading and the comprehension of material.
Where to start? Check out this Power Point (below) about deep reading and annotating text. Generally, these assignments take a week to complete. Of course, the assignment can be broken down and adapted/modified for your own learners.
I break down each step and model each step via document camera and I show students my own deep reading process publicly so that they are able to transfer the same skills to their own deep reading process.
*template credit goes to Vale Middle School's AoW items on their website for free.
We use deep reading skills in science and math regularly; we are often not aware that we use many deep reading strategies when working on math problems.
Check out this article by smekenseducation.com on how we traditionally use close reading skills with math problems.
Teaching How to Use Close Reading Strategies to Solve Math Word Problems guide
Close reading poster for math.
Close reading math template.
Using primary and secondary sources also use the same type of deep reading skills needed for difficult English texts.