Who is a fan of close reading? I am, and I wanted to highlight a collection of free options you can use with your students. I am such a fan of the close reading process, and I am really hoping it will make a difference for my students in May when we do our state testing. Honestly though, it's not a strategy for testing alone. It is helping my students learn how to study, how to think about their reading, and how to determine what pieces of information are worthy of remembering.
The first one on my list is this great article from The Sweetest Thing. I just did my Gingerbread Thematic Thursday linky yesterday, and sure enough, I came across this freebie. I have purchased several bundles from The Sweetest Thing since I'm trying to help my kids review history and science content while we work on reading skills. This freebie is best for grades 4-6 and offers three versions of the passage. I will be using it next week with my students.
Christmas Around the World
St. Nicholas Night
Holidays Around the World-Italy
The last close reads (two since I couldn't limit it to one) I want to share come from Stephanie McConnell (Poinsettias) and Ashleigh (Christmas in the United States). I think Poinsettias would work well for third grade, and when I use it, I believe I will increase the number of questions to go with the article. I love how Stephanie has students color code the information needed as text evidence. I have my students do this with our articles. Ashleigh's set includes both questions and a written response.
Enjoy your weekend, and if you download these great Close Reads, be sure to leave some feedback love to say thank you! Until next time, happy reading!