•Close reading requires a lot of
•First, you should read the text in its
•Next, you should aim to understand the
main idea or “big picture” of the text.
•Break the text down either line by line or
•A text can be full of meaning. Each line,
each WORD carries a lot of important
•A close reading of a passage requires us
to dig deep into a text to determine all of
the meaning and purpose behind each
•After doing a close reading you should be
able to use your evidence from the text to
write a summary of what you read.
Title- tells you the topic you will be learning about.
Heading & Subheading- breaks the text up into small
Bold or Italic Word- helps the readers know the words that are
Picture or Illustration- gives the reader information visually
about the topic.
Caption- tells the reader what is happening in the picture.
Chart, Graph, Diagram, or Timeline- gives the reader extra
information about the text.
Map- helps the reader know where something is located in the
•The main idea helps us understand what we are
•The main idea of a paragraph is the point of the
passage minus the details.
•Good readers always ask themselves
“What is this paragraph mostly about?”
•The main idea is the BIG Picture.
•It is what the author wants us to know and what
they are teaching us.
•Some information in a paragraph is not important.
•All information in a paragraph should connect to
the main idea.