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Close Reading Links

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Close Reading Links

Close Reading Links for Small Group Instruction was created by Dr. Nancy Boyles, Ed.D. for students in grades 3-5 to develop comprehension through close reading. It is based on a model of explicit instruction and the gradual release of responsibility.


  • Six titles (3 fiction and 3 nonfiction) at each grade level—short, complex texts that include classic children’s literature, poetry, folk tales, and engaging informational topics.
  • Strategies for close independent reading with accompanying annotation mini-lessons
  • Rigorous text-dependent questions aligned to the Common Core and depth of knowledge
  • Standards-based comprehension skill lessons scaffolded with learning targets and answer frames
  • Text-to-text questions for student discourse and reading-writing connections
  • Formative assessments for six comprehension skills per grade level
  • A Teacher’s Resource Guide for each grade with clearly explained lessons, suggestions for differentiation, and ready-to-use resources

Teacher's Resource Guides

  • All lesson plans clearly laid out for every lesson
  • 4 Mini-lessons for developing independent close reading skills
  • Lots of classroom-ready reproducibles
  • Rubrics
  • Suggestions for differentiation
In these guides you will find:
  • 10 best-practices for close reading applied to
    • small group instruction
    • strategies for differentiating instruction for
      • on-grade level
      • approaching-grade level
      • above-grade level
    • English language learners
  • Mini-lessons to teach the process of independent close reading
  • A launching lesson for each unit
  • Lessons for all six books (3 literary sources, and 3 informational sources) that include
    • independent close reading
    • follow-up, text-dependent questions
    • a skill matched to the selected passages
  • A text-to-text lesson at the end of the unit integrating all sources
  • Assessment tasks aligned to Common Core Standards, and depth of knowledge
  • Rubrics, checklists, annotation sheets, skill targets, and answer frames
and more to help you scaffold student learning.
This program was created by, Dr. Nancy Boyles, Ed.D., a national literacy consultant, and professor emerita, at Southern Connecticut State University, where she also coordinated the Graduate Reading Program. A former classroom teacher of many years, Nancy has written 10 books on comprehension, including three on close reading. Her chapter, “The Rigor of Independent Close Reading,” appears in, Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology, from Capstone Professional. Nancy currently provides professional development to schools and districts, presenting workshops, developing curriculum, and modeling best practices in classrooms.

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