Close Reading

We are working on mastering the skill of close reading. Close reading is reading carefully and with purpose. Students are rereading the text multiple times and digging deeper after each read. Students should be annotating or taking notes in the margins as they’re reading.

To introduce the skill, we closely read the lyrics of “bad blood” by Taylor Swift. Most students had heard this song prior to the class but never truly understood the lyrics. After reading and listening to it multiple times, students were eventually able to break it down and give us an analysis of the words.

To practice the skill, we read the text below and are answering questions on it. Please talk to your students about this activity at home. Thank you!

close read of more than one way.

a close reader...

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