Effective Close Reads in a Math 7 Classroom


Designed by Derek Richards

www.mhecommoncoretoolbox.com Dr. Douglas Fisher

Effective Close Reads in Math

What is close reading? How does it relate to the new Common Core Standards?

As described by the NYS Education Department: Shift 4 in the Common Core Curriculum emphasizes "creating opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text." Teaching students to read closely is an essential element of the new Common Core Standards for reading.

Special Considerations for "technical subjects" such as Science and Math:

Consider providing student opportunities to read deeply "technical reading" from text that include procedures, directions. That said, close reading is not reading as usual. Close reading is also not simply reading for comprehension.

Keep in mind the standard:

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Learning Objectives

This 3 day mini-course workshop will guide teachers through the steps to creating an effective close reading activity for their Math 7 students. They will learn how to select a text, create evidence-based questions and conduct a close reading activity in their classrooms.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of a close read.
  2. Select a text/problem for a close read.
  3. Develop evidence based questions for the close read.
  4. Conduct a close read in their classroom.
  5. Provide effective peer review on setting up a close read in their classroom.

The Prerequisites for Participants will be a firm understanding of the Math 7 Common Core Standards related to the following:

  • Ratio & Proportions
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability


Close Read Lesson 1

Close Read Lesson 2

Close Read Lesson 3



Core Standards

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