Close Reading Questions
Students must have a basic understanding of what the author is telling them before they're ready to move onto analyzing the text in greater detail. These questions help monitor comprehension.
- What is the author telling me here?
- Who is speaking in the passage?
- Who seems to be the main audience?
- What is the first thing that jumps out at me? Why?
- Are there any hard or important words?
- What does the author want me to understand?
- Is the author trying to convince me of something? What? How do I know?
- Is there something missing from this passage that I expected to find? Why might the author have left this out?
"How a text is written is as important as the content itself in getting the author's message across." The following questions help students uncover the author's craft techniques.
- How does the author play with language to add meaning?
- What does the author mean by __________? What exact words lead me to this meaning?
- Is there a message or main idea? What in the text led me to this conclusion?
- How does this sentence/passage fit into the text as a whole?
For more information on close reading, visit this ASCD article.
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