Close and Critical Reading
Dr. Mears has been teaching our fourth and fifth graders how to read and analyze reading fiction and non-fiction test at a deeper level. Students focus on four different components:
- What the text says (most important words/phrases, important ideas, summarizing)
- How the text describes. (genre, mood, organization, imagery, figures of speech)
- What the text means (theme, author’s purpose)
- How the text connects with him or herself (similarities, how it relates to self)
This week fifth graders are reading and analyzing More than Anything Else by Marie Bradbury which is a book about Booker T. Washington.