Skip to main content

What's Close Reading?


Instructional elements that are commonly included in a close reading lesson include:

  • Close Reading is usually with short texts or articles

  • Close Reading often accompanies a unit of study, rather than being an isolated topic of study

  • Close Reading is ACTIVE reading:

    • Students should be able to mark the text (with pens, with post-its)
    • Often, students are asked to read once without marking, and RE-READ with marking/annotations
    • Questions accompanying a close read should be text dependent, not experience dependent


Overview of Close Reading by Doug Fisher