Close Reading and Annotating Text

When the Common Core learning standards came out, there was an expectation that teachers would focus on the skills of close reading and annotating text in their lessons.  Although this wasn’t a new skill by any means, it was a new focus in all subject areas.  I put together a presentation which I presented to the faculty in my district that gives a basic overview of close reading and annotating text.  I created a video of this presentation (above).

I also use a version of this same presentation, with less slides, in my classroom every year when I introduce and review this concept.  I explain to students, in both 9th and 11th grades, that the phrases “close reading” and “annotating text” are going to be common phrases that they hear in the English department from year to year and possibly in their other subject areas as well.  This overview is a nice way to remind us all of the basic components of this skill.

In the video, I refer to the PEE Principle.  The PEE Principle is a technique for writing that I learned when I taught secondary English in London many years ago.  It is always a fun day when I get to tell my students that they are going to get to PEE down their page! Besides that, it has been the single most effective technique that I have taught in my classroom that has led to student success in academic writing.  I wrote more about the PEE Principle in an article and video that I have published on Hubpages.  To read that article click here.