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Close reads help students understand and dismantle the many complex layers a piece of text contains; and provides students with needed structure to read and interact with text with purpose. Close reading text include not only written text, but also maps, political cartoons, photographs, artwork, book covers, magazine covers and even advertisements (Dean, 2017).
Close readings promote critical and high order thinking skills that develop learners into strong and critical readers. As I reflect on my own personal experiences with close readings, I look forward to improving my practices to increase the chances of student achievement.
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