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Close reading in elementary schools

by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

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Close reading in elementary schools

Grades K – 5
Type Journal
Published November 2012
Publisher International Literacy Association



Close reading is a recommended instructional approach to meet the challenges of teaching complex texts. But close readings are more common in high school and college than in elementary schools. In this article, we identify the components of close reading that were developed after a group of elementary school teachers observed their colleges in high school. In addition, we focus on the modifications necessary to implement close reading in elementary schools.


Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2012). Close reading in elementary schools.The Reading Teacher, 66(3), 179-188.


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