These 12 Simple Close Reading Strategies
will Help Your Child
to Better Understand
In our modern world of education, we often hear words and phrases like “annotate” and “close reading” that are unfamiliar to us. What does it mean to annotate? What does it mean to master close reading? When students are reading challenging texts, haven’t they always just scribbled random notes in their notebooks about words, phrases, and sentences that they hope to understand later?
Educators and parents have learned over time that using the above strategy for tackling difficult texts is not enough to strengthen students’ reading comprehension. This is evidenced in the students’ past and present experiences with just surviving their way through difficult texts, wading through and temporarily memorizing confusing material in the hopes of earning passing grades. Consequently, students can become discouraged with and disinterested in reading all together.
But learning to annotate important selections as a part of close reading difficult texts can instill encouragement and confidence—two precursors to reading success– in reluctant readers.
Here are 5 ways for your child to annotate important selections of texts with close reading.
Note: This process may be time-consuming at first, but as you build your close reading and annotation skills you will become more efficient and increasingly well-educated over time! 😊
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