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Close Reading: Determining Importance in Text

This free focus on close reading resource helps you teach students about determining importance in informational text when reading.

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This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

This determining importance in text collection is a part of our series on Close Reading.  If you are looking for additional free resources, please visit our Complete Close Reading Collection.

As you work to incorporate the skill of Close Reading into your daily classroom routine, you will find our set of free Close Reading materials a helpful tool.

One of our goals recently has been to learn more about Close Reading strategies.  As an emphasis on Close Reading is becoming more common in classrooms across the country, we want to make sure we are providing our followers with tools to make this shift easier to implement.

As we read and learn, we believe that many strategies that are a part of Close Reading are probably happening without teachers realizing it.

Why should I work with my students to help them determine the importance of what they are reading in informational text?

Reading informational text can be overwhelming for students.

The reading is loaded with facts and new vocabulary. Students have to decode words along with filtering out the most important facts.

Sometimes determining what information is the most important can be overwhelming.

Giving students the opportunity to experience guided practice with determining the importance of information can be helpful.

Using our resources to help students determine importance in text

Students can get better at this skill and understanding what they are reading with the help of these free close reading resources.

Informational text is becoming an increasingly important piece of our day to day curriculum.  Students are expected to read grade level texts and pull important information as they read.

This is a skill that does not often come naturally and should be carefully taught.  Nothing will replace guided readings of a text with modeling in the classroom.

The materials we are sharing are created to use as you are modeling reading informational texts.

There are also additional pieces that can be used in interactive reading notebooks.

We suggest that guided readings include modeling of notetaking and usage of post-it notes.

determining importance in text

What You Will Find

Determining Importance in Text Anchor Charts

  • Important Places to Stop and Take Notes  This anchor chart can be used as your are beginning to model how this skill.
  • Writing a Summary  This anchor chart can be used as you are introducing summary writing.
  • Mini Anchor Charts Students can add these smaller versions to their reading notebooks.

Graphic Organizers

  • I Can Read Informational Text Organizer
  • Writing a Summary Graphic Organizer
  • Using Hashtags  Today many children are on Facebook or Instagram sharing their experiences.  Often a part of sharing a picture or thought is adding a hashtag.  Have children use our Facebook or Instagram printables to share an important part of their text.  They can draw a picture and write a caption. Then, they should also include three or four appropriate hashtags.
  • Interactive Notebook Printables  These half page organizers are designed to be used in students’ interactive notebooks.  They can also be used as exit tickets to assess student understanding.

You can download these free Close Reading Resources for Determining Importance in Text Here:


You might also be interested in our Think Marks for Reading

Have great ideas for helping your students with determining importance in text? Please share below to help other teachers!

As with all of our resources, The Curriculum Corner creates these for free classroom use. Our products may not be sold. You may print and copy for your personal classroom use. These are also great for home school families!

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Monday 29th of August 2022

Thank you for these wonderful resources for close reading! I don't see a link to the "Determining Importance" download. I only see a link to the "Think Marks." I would love to get a copy of this if it's available.