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Close Reading with Paired Texts

Build students' fluency and reading comprehension skills with rich content using paired texts.

This resource, authored by Lori Oczkus and Timothy Rasinski, features close-reading strategies, reciprocal teaching, paired fiction and nonfiction texts, text sets, text-dependent questions, and connections to the Daily Five to enable educators to incorporate different learning opportunities into instruction that will help students build essential comprehension skills.

Close Reading with Paired Texts
Close Reading with Paired Texts


In this Teacher Created Materials' series, students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.  This easy-to-use classroom resource:

  • Builds student knowledge and interest through thematically paired fiction and nonfiction text passages across the four content areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • Provides teacher modeling to help teachers guide students as they clarify the meanings of texts
  • Features a variety of texts such as poems, reader's theater scripts, letters, diary entries, and more that encourage students to employ close reading tactics and develop fluency