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Close Reading Student Work Texts


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Close Reading

Grades 3 - 8 • 144 - 160 Pages

Each book for Close Reading includes both literary and informational texts with learnings tasks that address the CCSS for Reading.

With learning activities and tasks appropriate for the given grade level, each work text in this series includes the following elements –

  • literary and informational texts that reflect the types of texts students encounter in the classroom or everyday reading
  • authentic reading texts on interesting topics and ideas, including excerpts from well-known literary selections
  • paired texts that require students to compare and contrast important points and key details in the texts
  • open-ended and extended-response tasks that require students to use close reading to develop correct, complete answers
  • emphasis on the critical-thinking skills necessary for close reading
  • skill tags (labels) to identify both the standard(s) and the complexity level(s) for questions or an activity
  • diagrams and/or graphic organizers to help students organize their thoughts and responses (when approriate)
  • focus on student-created responses
  • complete and thorough answer key
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