Digital Close Reading (Elem. Tech Academy)


Digital Close Reading

  1. Participants will explore how digital annotation tools support close reading.
  2. Participants will learn about the basic functionality of digital annotation tools.
  3. Participants will evaluate which digital annotation tools are best suited for use in their curriculum area.

"Moving away from print text to digital text has created some challenges to annotation that are easily addressed using a variety of 21st Century tools...Increasingly, there are more tools and options that allow the reader to annotate on any website and digital article found on the Internet...The real trick is to find the tool that works best for you and meets the needs of your learners. Whatever you select, it is important to coach students in the skill of annotation and to make that skill an integral part of day to day learning." Source "My Reflections on Annotations"
Paula Dillon 2.11.13

Common Core State Standards

1.2 Reading Informational Text
Students read, understand, and respond to informational text—with an emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and
making connections among ideas and between texts with a focus on textual evidence.

1.3 Reading Literature
Students read and respond to works of literature—with emphasis on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and making
connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textual evidence.

What is Close Reading?

"Close reading is an intense analysis of text to figure out what a text says, how it says it, and what it means."

from Alex at Teachlikethis

Sixth Grade Digital Close Reading Activity

  • Used Schoology to share pdf
  • Students read and annotated text using Adobe Acrobat app to annotate
  • Submitted annoated text to Schoology for teacher review

What Does Digital Close Reading Look Like?


You Try It!
  • Use Adobe Acrobat on an iPad to open this file.
  • Read the article (I think the topic will sound VERY familiar) and make annotations.
  • Circle vocabulary, underline key points, highlight passages, whatever notes and comments make sense to you!

Think about it!

  • Did you find this easy or "clunky?
  • Would you be likely to choose to do it this way or with paper and pencil?
  • Can you see any advantages to digital annotation?

What Did Students Say?






Finding PDF files to Annotate

  • Favorite websites
    • - Math and LA resources for K-12 (constantly adding content). Log in with district Google account.
    • - K-12 reading passages. Sign up for free account.
    • Wonderopolis - Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life
    • - Free and paid searchable resources by teachers for teachers
    • Newsela- Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Highlighting and Annotating Tools

  • PDF Cabinet.png PDF Cabinet - iPad Only

    • Easily Highlight, add text comments, and notes
    • Includes interactive tutorials

  • preview_icon_mul.pngPreview - laptop

Taking It To The Next Level!

Levels of Technology Integration-
  • S- Substitution: Same task, just done digitally
  • A- Augmentation: Same task, somewhat improved by technology
  • M- Modification: The task is similar to traditional model, but is enhanced by technology.
  • R- Redefinition: The task is completely different from what could be done without technology.