Close Reading Strategy - Read with a Pencil -

Close Reading helps students take a piece of difficult text and uncover the layers of meaning. When students are able to read closely, they have a clearer understanding of the text.

With practice, students analyze the text while reading and rereading. Read my Close Reading – Free Resources blog post if you need to learn more about Close Reading. The article includes all the steps and reasons why you your students will benefit from this strategy. While you are at it, grab the free Text Evidence Sentence Starters to use with your Close Reading resources.

Close Reading helps students to DEEPLY comprehend a text. Don’t forget to grab your FREEBIE at the end of the article.

I am a HUGE fan of anchor charts! LOVE THEM! I created an anchor chart for just about every strategy and skill.

Close Reading strategy - How to read with a pencil

I begin by teaching a mini-lesson that focuses on the “Read with a Pencil” strategy. Of course, I create an anchor chart with my students, and the one above shows what it will look like after you complete it together.

Read with a Pencil Strategy:

  • Tell your students that they will be “Reading with a Pencil.”
  • Ask your students to share what that means to them.
  • Explain to your students that to read with a pencil, it means that they will take notes while they are reading.
  • Your students will be taking notes, underlining, and circling words / phrases.
  • Complete the anchor chart above with your students.
  • Students will also draw this Close Reading anchor chart in their interactive notebook, or you may print the anchor chart below.

Close Reading strategy.

Grab your free Close Reading: Read with a Pencil Strategy resource. The resource includes the strategy steps, colored anchor chart, and black and white anchor chart to save on printer ink.

Like this FREEBIE? Check out my 76 page Close Reading Toolkit resource. It includes everything you need to get started with teaching Close Reading in your classroom.

  • Close Reading process
  • strategies
  • activities and games
  • partner work
  • printables
  • anchor charts
  • and MORE!

In the comments below, leave me a note and tell me how you have you implemented Close Reading in your classroom.

how to use close reading in the classroom

Best wishes!


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