The content and inspiration for this post comes my way via Karlene Chorney, Edmonton Public Schools Consultant. She is a fabulous advocate for student reading.
The slide show below is based on Kylene Beers' work in Notice and Note, Strategies for Close Reading, which "presents a suite of new lessons for helping students read literary texts with deeper understanding" (p. 1).
I should mention there is also a companion book called Reading Nonfiction that is set up in a similar way.
What both books do, is present a framework we can teach to students to use as they analyze text. They can look for a series of 'clues' and then think about those clues and how they relate to the greater meaning of the work. I really think this framework offers a valuable and accessible way to speak about text with students. I hope you enjoy it as well. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks again to Karlene for sharing her expertise and awesomeness with me.