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Hundreds of FREE short passages for students in grades 5-12, organized by theme. Each comes with questions for students and a guide for teachers.

(Story Elements) Interactive Close Reading Evidence Markers CCSS Grades 3-8

Interactive close reading! Have your students dig deeper into fictional text by "marking" specific skills or elements of fiction as they read. These 126 text markers will work with ANY fiction story. Students will learn to recognize various aspects of fictional stories. By marking these aspects with their hands-on markers (labeled arrows), students will gain a deeper understanding of the text. $

FREE Resources for Teaching Close Reading~ Helping students connect in meaningful ways with nonfiction has always been a challenge. This article defines close reading, offers teaching tips, and provides downloads to help teachers make the transition to this key CCSS style of instruction!