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Close Reading Analysis Sequence for High School

Close Reading Analysis Sequence for High School


If you're feeling wobbly about working through unfamiliar texts with your students - especially seniores, or if you just need a really solid resource, then this is for you.  I first developed my literacy life-saver for planning my approach to texts, then later made these cards.  I just didn't feel as though I was covering all I needed to for text analysis until I developed both resources.   They're quite the crutch!


Print, cut and laminate, then sit sets of them in the middle of groups of students, or keep them on a shelf for students to run up and grab as they work through them.  Steps include:



  • Prior knowledge
  • Topic predictions
  • Genre predictions
  • Upcoming vocabulary


  • Clarify meaning
  • Highlight (key points and examples)
  • Visualise
  • Summarise
  • Cause and consequence
  • Revise predictions
  • Reading ON the lines
  • Reading BETWEEN the lines
  • Reading BEYOND the lines
  • Asking, What if...?
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Structure
  • Language features
  • Ideas
  • Personal response


Blank cards are included if you want to add another / alternative steps.  Also included is an accompanying slideshow which can be whipped up onto your big screen and typed into.  You might need it for:

  • extra instructions
  • questions about the text you're reading (for on, between and beyond the lines cards)
  • vocabulary you want students to find
  • chalk and talk upon completion


These are also excellent because students can see and physically lay out the aspects we look at when studying an unfamiliar text.   This is a tangible resource that will give both teachers and students confidence with close reading skills.



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    It'd be fabulous if you didn't share these with your colleages.   :)

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