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Close Reading: Focus on Process

This free focus on close reading resource helps you teach students how to use the process of close reading as they explore a text.

This free focus on close reading resource helps you teach students how to use the process of close reading as they explore a text.

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

Help students learn how to complete a close read with this collection of resources. This 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.

How can I help my children learn how to complete a close read of text?

As you introduce the concept of close reading to your students, it is helpful to focus on the process.

Within this post you will find resources designed to help you begin setting up the Close Reading process in your classroom.

We have created a total of 21 pages that can be used as fit your classroom.  We have attempted to design them so that they can be used in a variety of ways.

think marks

Resources for Helping Students Complete a Close Read

Think Marks

While most of the resources in the download are graphic organizers and exit tickets, we have included an anchor chart on Think Marks along with coordinating bookmarks for students.

  • The idea behind these Think Marks is that during their reading, students can use these symbols to mark the text.
  • When you go back as a class or students go back on their own, it will be easy for students to reconnect with their thinking simply by looking at the marks they made.
  • We do feel that helping students understand how to use these think marks will take modeling on the teacher’s part as usually is the case with a new idea.

Graphic Organizers & Exit Tickets

We also encourage you to always model how you would like the included graphic organizers and exit tickets to be used.  Because we want teachers to have flexibility in using the items, most do not include specific directions.

As a part of Close Reading, it is also important that the resources are used to help students to take notes on their thinking.  These pages are not designed to be used simply as worksheets where students are given one as an assignment.  If these pages are not used as part of the reading process, they will not help students reflect on their reading.

In Close Reading we want students to think – not simply search and record facts.

How to close read

You can download the resources here:  


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.


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