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Close Reading Through Word Choice

Every great reader and writer knows that syntax matters. During this lesson, students will use the close reading strategy to focus on word choice, and use their understanding of syntax to develop theories about patterns in the text.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand that good readers read closely, and pay attention to word choice to better understand the text.
  • Students will understand that good readers interpret words and phrases as they are used in the text.


(5 minutes)
  • As a class, review what you have learned about close reading, if this is a review. Otherwise, define close reading to the class as a strategy used by readers to help them view a text through a certain lens to find patterns.
  • Start a class discussion with questions. Great examples include: What is close reading? What is an example of a lens that a close reader can use while reading a book? What lenses have we paid attention to?
  • Review what the class has learned about paying attention to character actions and emotions. Some questions include: How do you determine how a character is feeling? How do character actions relate to their emotions?
  • Explain that today the class will be practicing reading through the lens of author word choice.

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