Close Reading Strategies and Resources


The act of reading requires more than simply scanning our eyes across the page of some text. And we have to acknowledge that there is a difference between reading for pleasure and reading for academic purposes. These strategies outlined below will help guide you to become an active reader. Being an active reader means engaging with the text, taking notes, and having a conversation with the pages. Close-reading strategies allow readers to take their understanding of literature to a deeper level.

Immerse Yourself in Reading

Know the Purpose for Reading

Look at the directions for any reading assignment and create a “checklist.” If your teacher has specific requirements for annotation, be diligent about what they are asking for. Read the directions and rewrite them in your own words at the top of the text or reading assignment.

Create an Annotation Key

Summarize Key Moments and Main Ideas