Cultivating Close Reading : What the Text Says

Newsela Anchor Standard

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Newsela PRO Applications

Double Entry Journals

 Tip: Highlight evidence that supports your claim in GREEN. Annotate to explain reasoning. Example:

What the Text Says

Why is this important?

·On page …

·The author states …

·This is important because …

·This connects to …

Notice & Note Signposts

  • Signposts:
    • Contrasts and Contradictions
    • Extreme or Absolute Language
    • Numbers and Stats
    • Quoted Words
    • Word Gaps
  •  Tips:
    • Gist. Highlight ideas that surprise you in RED. Highlight signposts in GREEN.
    • Pause: Turn and Talk
    • Deeper. Re-read and Annotate surprising ideas and signposts. Reply to teacher Annotations in YELLOW.
    • All Together. Answer Write prompt using your Annotations as evidence to support your claim.
    • Resource: Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note by Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst

Community Strategies

  • Interactive Notebooks - Have students make deeper connections to curriculum and texts.
  • RACE - Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite evidence, Explain evidence.
  • QAR - Question - Answer Relationship: Help students how to identify question types and find answers.
  • Text Dependent Questions - Progression of understanding key details from a text.
  • Say- Do Mean - What does the text say? What is the author doing? What does that mean?
  • Peer Conferencing - Have students explain their evidence in a one-on-one discussion. Engage them in a meaningful conversation about what they just read.
  • Visuals of the Story - Create an image or illustration of the text.

Text Set

 For examples of each Newsela  strategy, download the attached PDF. 

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