Try using the "Pledge of Allegiance" or the words to a patriotic song for close reading in primary grades. The kids know and say the words, but the meaning often eludes them. In a good second or average third grade classroom, you can read the pledge aloud (first reading), then read it again, one line at a time, leaving time to have your students circle words they do not completely understand. Later, discuss and give synonyms for those words. Then read the pledge for the third time. Students will be amazed at how much more they get out of it. We also have them read the pledge with the synonyms substituted in lieu of the tougher words. It's a great lesson in close reading, and it serves a good purpose!
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