I'm spoiled. My 8th graders are amazing at close reading, and I forgot that they needed practice and time to get to that level, which we did all last year.
I mean, look at some of these. These are from "The Tell-Tale Heart" a few months ago:
Non-Fiction Close Reading to coincide with "Flowers for Algernon"
So what did I do? Turned it into a valuable lesson, of course!
Students were given a copy of "Father William" by Lewis Carroll and were asked to complete a close reading using the handouts in their ISN, one of which I got from the lovely Ms. W at Tales of Teaching in Heels. You can get the handout here in her TpT store!
Students came back today with their close reading in hand, and I walked around to check them in for an effort grade.
Second, I asked students to work with their small groups (they are at tables of five) for TEN MINUTES and talk about nothing else other than their close reading. They also needed to have markers or highlighters out. I walked around as they checked over their close reading, added things, and talked about connections to "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, which we read last week, as well as other poems.
After ten minutes, I wrote a key up on the board that included the following: Characters/Setting, Questions, Vocabulary, Connections, Figurative Language, Theme, and Plot
Nice and clean, ready to mark up!
We went through each section one at a time, and I asked kids to volunteer what they had written on their sheets. Most of them were very confident, because they had just spent 10 minutes discussing it, so they were eager to share!
They were very affirmative with each other, and there was a lot of, "I had that, too!" or, "Oh, yeah, I didn't think of that!"
Here are some final student examples that I snapped pics of today:
For their assessment, and to wrap up our Poetry Unit, students will be reading "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening". Students will be asked to do a close reading of both poems, and also read a scholarly article about the poems.
Our "KEY" for close reading the two poems by Robert Frost
Each group will receive a different scholarly article to use as an extra reference point. They will then receive their question, and prepare for a Shared Inquiry on the poems. This is usually one of my favorite shared inquiries of the year, so I'm pumped to see how they do with this intense close reading session today!