Tools for Close Reading - Mandy Neal

Looking for a versatile tool for close reading?  Try a page protector.  Keep reading because it’s more than you think!

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Using a page protector for a printable page is pretty easy to figure out.  Give students a printable passage, place in a page protector, and you have an instant reusable surface for students to use during close reading.

What about the textbook?  Do you have a textbook that you would like to use for close reading?  You could make a copy of course, but there is an alternative that can be used over and over again and it’s an easy DIY project.

Begin with the standard page protector.  I like the ones that have the holes extended off the side.  By using these, you don’t have to worry about covering the holes.

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Cut the side of the page protector.

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Next, place tape on the top of the page protector.  I used a Scotch brand decorative tape, but clear tape will work just as well.

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The wanna be perfectionist in me taped the bottom of the page protector also, just so it would match.  Not a necessary touch! 🙂

By cutting the side of the page protector and taping the top, students are able to slide the page protector over a textbook page and write on it.  Instead of a top loading page protector, you now have a side loading version.  It’s perfect for the standard textbook, chapter book, or picture book.  No copies needed!

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That’s it!

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