Why Short Reads Non-Fiction?

Text for close reading and deep comprehension

Close reading involves careful study of a short text passage to build a deep critical understanding of the text. By developing children's comprehension and higher-order thinking skills, you can help make sense of the world.

    "A significant body of research links close reading of complex text—whether the student is a struggling reader or advanced—to significant gains in reading proficiency, and finds close reading to be a key component of college and career readiness."

(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, 2012, p.7)

Reading and re-reading for different purposes

The texts in Short Reads Non-fiction are carefully selected and deliberately short. This focuses students on purposeful reading, re-reading and responding.They learn about topics through rich vocabulary development and deep comprehension.





Students re-read and analyse the text through questioning to explore:

  •     text structure and features  
  •     key ideas and details
  •     connections/conclusions 
  •     predictions/inferences
  •     words and phrases in context

   Students actively respond

    to text using:

  • higher-order thinking skills
  • paired discussions
  • written responses