Lesson Plan

Close Reading Strategy

This lesson teaches your students to pay attention to small words, such as adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, to make a big difference in reading comprehension! Use as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for *Close Reading: Introduction*.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Close Reading: Introduction lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Close Reading: Introduction lesson plan.



Students will be able to understand that close reading is a strategy that helps them read with a focus in order to deepen comprehension.


Students will be able to describe story details with adjectives, adverbs, and verbs using cooperative learning groups.


(2 minutes)
Write Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateAdjectives and Adverbs and Verbs, Oh My!Close Reading in FictionVocabulary Cards: Close Reading StrategyGlossary: Close Reading Strategy
  • Activate prior knowledge by asking students to think about what helps them focus when they read independently. Allow students time to think on their own before sharing with a partner. Then, have them share out as a group.
  • Share that readers sometimes lose focus when they are reading a text, and then they realize they don't understand the story. They missed important information because they were not paying attention. Explain that today's lesson will be about a strategy they can use that will help them focus and pick up on details that matter.
  • Go over the language objective and have students repeat it aloud.

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