The goal of close reading is to gradually release responsibility to students, a shift from the teacher modeling close reading strategies to students employing strategies independently. The role of the teacher is to make these strategies visible to students through thinking aloud, modeling, and posting anchor charts for reference. In this article are some strategies that set the stage for students to interact with a text through an independent analysis and group discussion with peers.
In fourth grade students should challenge themselves to further interpret texts to determine tone and mood. By evaluating tone and mood students can further their analysis and comprehension of a text. 4.RS.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.