Close reading can and should begin in early grades. My close reading passages are designed for the young learners and have "right there" type questions. These questions do not require students to infer. When working with the youngest learners, you need to begin with text that is not as complex and then build up to more challenging text. If we begin this process with our younger students, they will be able to wrestle more challenging text as they move into state accountable grade levels.
My close read passages are all titled Rainbow Comprehension. This allows students to use different color markers, crayons or colored-pencils to locate the evidence in the text. You can download The Big Rainbow Comprehension Bundle by clicking here.
Close reading is all about deeply understanding a text. It is all about developing a habit of returning to text to examine it carefully. We call this text evidence. Teach the students to locate the evidence in the text to answer comprehension questions.
One of my newest Close Reading resource is Winter Comprehension Passages. These passages are designed specifically for Kindergarten and First Grade. The set has easy to read passages with three comprehension questions.
Have you used close reading in your class?