In Reading this year we learn comprehension strategies to help with reading passages and anything we are reading. This helps to break down long passages and content into parts and understand what is being read. We do what we call a "CLOSE READ" -Which is a process for achieving deep comprehension of challenging texts. Close reading teaches scholars critical thinking skills, including argumentation, how to critique and question the author, and how to glean relevant evidence from the text to support their response.
We use Fountas & Pinnell to help jump start a scholar's thinking.
- 1.Within the text-
- Lets' us read to find out______?
- What does the text say?
- 2. Beyond the Text-
- What does the author really want me to know? Provide text evidence.
- Is there a central message or theme? What textual evidence supports your conclusion?
- What seems important in the text? Why?
- 3. About the Text-
- How is the text structured? Why is this important?
- How does the author play in the text? Why is this important?
- How does the author play with language to support the message?
- Is the author trying to convince me of something? What?
- In what ways does he do that?
I teach all students UNWRAP-to help break down the passage. They will begin tho understand the passage better by using this strategy. U=Underline the title, N=number the paragraph and illustrations
W= Walk through the questions, R= Read the passage twice (1 FUN_2 notes, 1-2 words that stick out,notes to the side) A=Answer the questions=Mark any vocabulary, key words to remember (Academic vocabulary that stands out/) P= Prove the answer with P's