Close Reading Tool Kit for Informational Text Print and Easel Activity

Close Reading Tool Kit for Informational Text Print and Easel Activity

This can be used for Homeschool students, 3rd-6th grades.

Includes: PDF, 68 Pages

This toolkit makes close reading easy. It includes posters, graphic organizers and discussion starters. There are also writing prompts and a lot of teaching and learning tips. These resources can be used with any nonfiction informational text. They also address all Common Core RI standards. These materials can be used to complete your lesson or to complement close reading materials that you already have. Use them in a variety of ways – individually, in pairs, in group discussions, and with interactive notebooks. You can choose the one that works best for you.


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Temporary Terms for COVID 19 UseThis packet can be distributed to students by teachers if the site is password protected. You may give it to your students, but not post it online where others could find it and download it.


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Close Reading Posters (7) and Anchor Charts (7)

The Close Reading poster guides students through three readings of a passage. It tells them what to look out for and what questions to ask. Three versions of the Close Reading poster are available.

The Mark it Up! The annotation guide helps students to annotate passages as they read. Three versions of the annotation guide are available.

Text Talk poster offers talking prompts that will help students communicate effectively about the text.

Talk Time Discussion Cards/Sentence Stems (36)

It is important to discuss the text in small groups. These 36 Talk Time Cards, which are written in the first-person, will enable your students and their classmates to discuss the text. The cards come in three colors, one for each reading. The cards can be used at any time during close reading.

Graphic Organizers/Printables (16):

You can use these 16 different printables and graphic organizers to help students understand different aspects of the text. These graphic organizers come in unlined and lined versions. Each stage of close-reading is covered, with graphic organizers provided for each of five text structures. Some of these could be used to help you prepare for writing a detailed text-dependent question.

Writing prompt labels/cutouts (20).

These 20 text-dependent writing prompts work well with interactive notebooks. These prompts can also be used as exit slips or notebook paper.

These prompts will allow your students to dig deeper in the text at any stage of your close reading. They cover main idea/supporting details, text structures and features, author’s purpose, making connections and more.

Each prompt can be repeated 10 times per page. They are designed to be printed on Avery 8163 labels. These prompts can be printed on regular printer paper, cut out and taped to notebook paper or into interactive notebooks. You can also use the blank sheet to make your own writing prompts.


Common Core Standards are addressed in this set

The Close Reading Toolkit is designed to address all of the Common Core Reading Informational Text standards for grades 3-8 (CCSS.ELA.Literacy.RI.1-9). The lesson text and the activities you choose will determine which standards apply. In general:

Activities for First Reading align with Key Ideas & Details: Standards RI.1-RI.3

Second reading activities align with Craft, Structure: Standards. RI.4 – RI.6

Third reading activities are aligned with Integration of Knowledge and Ideas standards RI.7 RI.9

Standard RI.10 will vary depending on which text you choose. You can meet this standard by selecting curriculum-relevant text.


Copyright information

This product is available for one teacher to use in their own classroom. You can share this license with others by purchasing an additional license.

Happy teaching!

Rachel Lynette

Minds in Bloom



By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).


To create a coherent understanding of a topic, or issue, you should combine information from different media (e.g. visually, quantitatively, or in words).


To create a coherent understanding of a topic, or issue, you should combine information from different media (e.g. visually, quantitatively, or in words).


This interactive activity is ready to use and students can complete it on any device. The Easel app by TpT can be used for free. Find out more.


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