CLOSE READING STEPS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ….. 1st Read Number your paragraphs. Read straight through. Underline the main idea. Box at least three key details Left margin – Write at least 3 questions you had while reading. Right margin – Write at least 3 thoughts you had about what you read 2nd Read Reread! Highlight any words you don’t know the meaning of. When you are finished, write one paragraph (5 sentences) summarizing what you read. Answer the questions at the end of the text IN COMPLETE SENTENCES. Number your paragraphs That’s easy enough. Number your paragraphs. Go do that now! Read straight through. Today we will read together. Underline the main idea What is the main idea of this article? Underline it. The Left Margin Write 3 questions you have about what you have read. The Right Margin Write 3 thoughts you had while reading the text. Reread! I am going to give you a few minutes to reread the article on your own. Highlight any words you don’t know the meaning of. Write one paragraph summarizing the article. Answer the Questions Answer the questions at the bottom of the page. Answers should be in COMPLETE sentences, using evidence from the text. Your teacher should be able to know what the question was by reading your answer.