21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills

Close reading is a hot topic that's just getting hotter! Here are 21 anchor charts, bulletin board ideas and other resources that you can bring into your classroom to turn your readers into even closer readers.

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1. Check It Off!

This anchor chart captures the gist of close reading. Use the checklist format to create bookmarks or laminated cheat sheets that students can use as tools as they read.

7. How to Annotate Effectively

Use models (like this one) to show students how to annotate and to avoid common pitfalls like the 100 percent highlighted page or the no-notes-in-the-margins annotators.

8. Annotation Helper

During a first read, this anchor chart is helpful for students who need support in figuring out what to jot down. After they retell their summary (in their own words), they can write those notes in the margins.

9. Draw It!

This drawing annotation is a technique that could be incorporated into kindergarten, first grade or elementary special education classes to help students visualize important information as they read.

10. Step It Up!

This chart helps students identify exactly where they are in their close reading. At the end of each lesson, students can identify which step they're on and what they have yet to do.

13. Tell Me All About It

This chart, updated with students' sticky notes, can be used to reflect, first, how students are building their close-reading skills and then how they're applying those skills in different lessons, contexts and texts.

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