Close Reading Annotation Marks Chart
Underline Important Ideas
Write the letters
when you find an example or evidence that
supports the Main Idea
Red Pen Connection symbol
...this reminds me of...
By James Berry, p. 196
My skin sun-mixed like basic earth
my voice having tones of thunder
my laughter working all of me as I laugh
my walk motioning strong swings
it seems I test people
Always awaiting a move
waiting always to recreate my view
my eyes packed with hellos behind them
my arrival bringing departures
it seems I test people
S_____ L____ 1.) In "It Seems I Test People," the speaker wants other people
S_____ L____ 2.) In "It Seems I Test People," the speaker seems to feel that
S_____ L____ 3.) The speaker in "It Seems I Test People" suggests that he
makes people feel...
S_____ L____ 4.) In "It Seems I Test People," what do other people do when
the speaker appears?
Combination of Close Reading Strategy and Lotta Lora Strategy
Determine a theme or central
idea of a text and how it is
conveyed through particular
details; provide a summary of
the text distinct from personal
opinions or judgments.
6.RL.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as
they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings, analyze
the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
6.RL.7 Compare and contrast the
experience of reading a story,
drama, or poem to listening to
or viewing an audio, video, or
live version of the text,
including contrasting what they
"see" and "hear" when reading
the text to what they perceive
when they listen or watch.
6.RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend
literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in grades 6-8 text complexity
band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
6.RI.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as
they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical
6.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time
for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single or day
or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
6.SL.2 Interpret information
presented in diverse media and
formats (e.g., visually,
quantitatively, orally) and
explain how it contributes to a
topic, text, or issue under
6.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of
standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
6.L.2b Spell correctly
6.L.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate
general academic and domain specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary
knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or