We know that close reading is the reading and rereading (and even more rereading) of a short complex text for several different purposes. Depending on the standards you are covering, you can use the same text for several readings and get something new out of it each time. During close reading, students should annotate the text to help leave tracks of their thinking as well as to help with their purpose for reading. How you have students annotate (the marks they will make) is totally up to you, but making sure their marks are purposeful is what is most important to teach them.
There are two times that students in my own classroom might annotate:
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The best way to teach students how to think and annotate is to model it for them.
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It's also a great way to get students thinking before discussing an article with a partner. I have my students turn knee to knee and share what they thought was most important, what surprised them, and also share their questions with each other.
A lot of times, these conversations can help lead to new thinking for the students, which is exactly what we want from our readers!
Thanks so much for coming by... I hope that this post will help you get started with annotating in your own classroom! If you are interested in more paired texts, check them out here in my store! I am continuing to create them. :o)