Cultivating Close Reading: Word Meaning & Choice

Newsela Anchor Standard

  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Newsela PRO Applications

Quiz Connections

  • Use Annotations to support understanding of vocabulary in Quiz questions.

Ask Questions

 Tip: Share Annotations with students with sample questions. 

  • What word(s) stand out? Why?
  • How do particular words get us to look at events in a particular way? Do they evoke an emotion?
  • Did the author use any nonstandard words? What is the effect?
  • Are there any words that could have more than one meaning?

Community Strategies

  • Focus on root words - Teach prefixes, suffixes, and affixes.
  • Multiple Intelligence Approach - Have students act out, sing/clap out, draw, imagine a picture (Source: Thomas Armstrong).
  • Frayer Model- Write out word in their own words and create an image of the word.
  • Create a word wall with a collection of all new vocabulary.
  • Edtech resources:

Text Set

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

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