The skill called "close reading" is fundamental for interpreting literature. "Reading closely" means developing a deep understanding and a precise interpretation of a literary passage that is based first and foremost on the words themselves. In addition, a close reading embraces larger themes and ideas evoked and/or implied by the passage itself.

The following links are to websites that provide information regarding Close Reading.

How to Do a Close Read by Dr. McClennen

How To Do A Close Read by Patricia Kain

The Art of Close Reading by The Critical Thinking Community

Close Reading of a Literary Passage by Dr. Wheeler

What is Close Reading - Guidance Notes by Mantex

A Lesson using Close Reading for the Monroe Doctrine

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading with Texts"

Close Reading Exemplars
The close reading exemplars on this website are intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Each of these exemplars features the following: readings tasks in which students are asked to read and reread passages and respond to a series of text dependent questions; vocabulary and syntax tasks which linger over noteworthy or challenging words and phrases; discussion tasks in which students are prompted to use text evidence and refine their thinking; and writing tasks that assess student understanding of the text.

Close Reading in US History Roosevelt's Inaugural Speech

In this video, 11th grade students in US History closely read the inaugural speech of President Roosevelt.





This video shows how to do a Close reading featuring Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go."


Close Reading Generic Student and Teacher Guide



Close Reading 6th grade Muhammad The Trader




Close Reading Middle School Atomic Bomb Example




What is Disciplinary Literacy? Resources






Close Reading in Math Anchor Charts
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