Reading Closely for Textual Details Units – CCSS ELA / Literacy – Grades 6-12

Students in classroom

These English Language Arts /Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: Reading complex texts closely to analyze textual details and deepen understanding.


Part 1. Understanding Close Reading: Students learn what it means to read a text closely by attending to and analyzing textual details. Students analyze visual-based texts.

Part 2. Questioning Texts: Students learn to use questions to guide their approach to, reading, and deeper analysis of texts. Students read and analyze informational texts.

Part 3. Analyzing Details: Students learn to analyze textual detail as a key to discovering meaning. Students read, analyze, and compare texts.

Part 4. Explaining Understanding: Students learn how to summarize and explain what they have learned from their reading, questioning, and analysis of texts. Students read and analyze three related texts.

Part 5. Discussing Ideas: Students learn the characteristics of an effective text-based discussion and demonstrate skills in leading and participating in one.

These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Program.

UNIT 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details Units – CCSS ELA / Literacy

Grade 6 Unit: "The Wolf You Feed"

Grade 7 Unit: "At the Pole"

Grade 8 Unit: “We Had to Learn English”

Grades 9-10 Unit: “Brain Gain”

Grades 11-12 Unit: “Promised Land”

Grades 11-12 Unit: “Lay Down All My Joys”

Grade 12 Unit: “Life Steps Almost Straight”

Shared Files for Grades 6-12 - See grade level unit pages above for unit plans and texts

Guiding Questions Handout
Reading Closely Checklist
TCD Checklist

Questioning Texts
Analyzing Details

Learn more about How to Use These Materials

Downloadable Resources

Resources may contain links to sites external to the website. These sites may not be within the jurisdiction of NYSED and in such cases NYSED is not responsible for its content.