Student Instruction
Close Reading:
Introducing the next generation of i-Ready lessons!
Close Reading lessons provide a thoroughly immersive experience and deeper focus on each reading comprehension standard.

Brought to life through innovative interactivity, our Close Reading lessons allow students multiple opportunities to deeply engage with challenging and high-quality texts, while friendly i-Ready characters guide them on their path to becoming thorough and analytical readers. These new lessons are found within the reading comprehension domain of i-Ready Instruction, and just like other lessons, are automatically assigned, tracked, and available through the online reports.

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Grade 4: Forensics For Everyone
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Forensics For Everyone: Lesson Details
Provide effective Close Reading instruction that scaffolds students in drawing meaning from the text.

Students read each text multiple times. Each reading has its own Big Question, which focuses students' attention and sets a different, increasingly complex purpose for reading.

  • Read to understand: First, students read to understand what the text says at a literal level.

  • Read to analyze: Then, students dive deeper and analyze what the text means.

  • Read to write: Finally, students integrate their analysis of the text with other ideas in order to write about what they have read.

Add a powerful layer of engagement with unique interactivity

With many bold, innovative features, the new interface keeps students motivated as they experience and grow accustomed to reading rigorous text independently.

An instructional approach that requires students to read actively
Students engage in lively discussion about the text with i-Ready characters, sending instant messages, or “texts,” and asking and answering text-dependent questions.
Hyperlinked words allow students easy access to definitions that might otherwise block their ability to understand the text.
A range of item types drive students back to the text
In every lesson, students graphically organize information found in the text, such as main ideas and details or causes and effects, in addition to answering multiple-choice and tech-enhanced questions.
Multiple opportunities throughout the lesson engage students in writing about the text
In short, frequent quick-writes, students use a fun emoticon wheel to express their opinion about what they’ve read, or to say whether they agree or disagree with ideas in the text, and explain why they feel this way.

A culminating writing task in each lesson challenges students to consolidate their learning and demonstrate their understanding of the text.

Expose students to rich, compelling texts worth reading

Finding texts that are appropriate for scaffolding students’ reading can be extremely challenging! That’s why each Close Reading lesson features a high-quality passage that merits a close reading—texts with challenging ideas, structure, and language.

Informational texts
  • Excerpts from books by well-known authors, such as Sandra Markle, who has written over 200 nonfiction books for children

  • Texts drawn from reputable sources, including: National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and The New York Times

  • Periodicals published specifically for kids, such as MUSE, a science and arts magazine for kids, and Cobblestone, a leader in the study of American history

  • Science articles, with diagrams, tables, and charts

  • Social Studies articles, with headings, timelines, and archival photos

  • Memoirs and biographies about important people and events in history

Literary texts
  • Realistic fiction, including contemporary favorites, like Frindle and Riding Freedom

  • Classic works of fiction, such as The Black Stallion and Old Yeller, and science fiction by H.G. Wells

  • Award-winning authors, including Joseph Bruchac, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Donna L. Washington, and Robert D. San Souci

  • Poetry by well-known authors, including Langston Hughes

  • Fables, folktales, drama, myths, graphic novels, historical fiction, tall tales, and more!