We tried our hands at close reading by using a non-fiction article from the National Geographic Explorer magazine we get every month. I am sure this could just as easily be done with Scholastic News or Time for Kids articles. Here is a picture of a completed poster.
We followed five steps in order to make the posters. Students needed the article and access to a sheet of paper or post-it notes.
Step #1 We quickly flipped through the article focusing on pictures, headings, titles, etc. Students wrote 4-5 questions about what they saw as they scanned the article.
Step #2 We read the article and students wrote any interesting facts they heard down on post-it notes.
Step #3 We looked through the article in order to find 3-5 vocabulary words relating to the article.
Step #4 We focused on one specific section of the article and wrote a summary of it.
Step #5 We used all of these parts to construct a detailed informational poster about the article.
They turned out great!
How do you use close reading in your classroom? You can answer and share your ideas in the comments!