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Three Reads Protocol

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This strategy, from New Visions for Public Schools, a printable worksheet to be used by students while reading, facilitates deeper comprehension, analysis, and connection to a short excerpt or quote that connects to the larger narrative.

Strategies described and illustrated: 

  • Step-by-step instructions for close-reading
    • First read: students annotate for what the text says, focusing on the main idea.
    • Second read: students annotate about the meaning, focusing on answering the question “so what?”.
    • Third read: students connect the excerpt to the larger historical context or narrative.


Teaching Strategies