Year 9 Close Reading of Written Texts
Close reading is carefully reading a piece of text to gain better understanding.
Close reading helps us gain knowledge, understand stories or characters and helps us develop good communication skills.
Close reading is about gathering information, identifying features of language and sharing detail to communicate ideas in a thoughtful way.
What you’ll learn
In Year 9 Close Reading of Written Texts you’ll learn how to:
- read a text in a way that helps you find its most important details
- recognise language features that send the reader messages and make a text more interesting
- understand why authors choose their words carefully and how to get to the bottom of what written texts are all about.
In this course we’ll look at close reading of written texts. Close reading can also be done for other kinds of text, too, like: films, posters, speeches and even advertisements.
How you’ll learn
Finding your way
Finding your way around an online learning place like iQualify can be tricky – like finding your way around a new school. If learning in iQualify is new to you, have a good look around before you start the course.
Learn at your own speed
Everything in the course is set up so you can learn at your own pace (or speed). You’ll see a tiny clock and a number of minutes at the top of each page. This is just to give you an idea of how long the page might take you. You can spend more time or less time. Everyone works at different speeds and in different ways. It’s all good.
There are activities in the course to help you practise what you’re learning. These activities are just for you. They are not for someone to mark, although your teacher might choose to comment on some of them. Do as many of the activities as you can and read the feedback that appears when you’ve done an activity. This feedback gives you advice and examples of good answers to help you improve.
Don’t know a word?
We might use words that are new to you. Keep an eye out for little dotted lines under words. If you put your mouse over a word with a dotted line or tap on it, its meaning will pop up.
For some very strange or difficult words, we’ll give you an idea of how to say them.
It’s a great idea to use an online dictionary, too, like the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary.