Close reading is a good way to get students to develop critical thinking and ask logical questions as a starting point to good research. It teaches metacognition about what and why we annotate as we read.
In our Balanced Literacy PD, I demo'd a Diigo-annotated web article as a tool for close reading, in that situation as prep for a socratic seminar discussion. Diigo lets the user highlight the webpage and place sticky note comments electronically, so it is great for paperless close reading, for gathering your thoughts, or for sharing collaboratively.
As a PD Facilitator, I use the annotated URL link so others will notice just the sections I highlighted in a longer article that I only am interested in part of.
This video below give you a one minute intro to accessing Diigo's annotation services:
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