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Novel Units and Close Reading

What is Close Reading?

"Close reading is the mindful, disciplined reading of an object with a view to deeper understanding of its meaning" (p. 25, Brummett, 2010). When applying the skills of close reading to a text, a reader attends to the elements of form and content found within the text–from the individual words to the order of sentences to the unfolding of ideas. For this kind of mindful study, a reader often reads and rereads a text to comprehend it at all levels–literal, inferential, and critical. Capable readers have developed the necessary skills to interpret texts at all three levels, but even the best readers had to practice and master these skills over time.

How Novel Units Guides Integrate Close Reading Skills

Novel Units Teacher Guides and Student Packets provide myriad instructional ideas and activities created to enhance the reading experience and provide multiple opportunities for students to practice and master the skills of close reading. While the Teacher Guide and Student Packet for each book emphasize comprehension of that specific text, the practice and mastery of close reading skills forms the foundation for the content and activities found in all Novel Units products.


Click here to download the full supplement that outlines the Novel Units / Close Reading Connections.


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