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Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels

Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

Helpful post here not only for frontloading information for ELLs prior to reading complex texts, but also why multiple reads are important for all students. 

 

In the past, we tended to read a text once in classrooms, so the reading had to be maximally productive. We had to make sure the kids got the information. It wouldn’t be fair otherwise. The premium was on the information and teachers were just making sure that students at least heard the information.

 

In contrast, the idea being stressed these days is that students SHOULD read the text more than once. What you don’t get the first time, you might get the second. Instead of front-loading the first reading, you could try front-loading the second or third—after the kids had a chance to pedal the bike themselves. If they ask a question about what they don’t understand, by all means answer. But don’t always assume that they won’t get it… give them a chance to fall… who knows they might just surprise you.


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Students Cite Evidence from Informational and Literary Text - Common Core Literacy

Julia St. Martin's 10th grade ELA class at the Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA uses a fishbowl protocol to practice citing evidence from informational…

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 5, 2013 10:14 PM

I often talk with teachers about using the "fish bowl" approach for Socratic type discussions. I've practiced this structure with teachers, but I really appreciate having a video to take back to teachers so they can see how students CAN make this happen!

Fitch Kimberly's curator insight, July 13, 2013 9:41 PM

I definitely want to encourage my students to use textual evidence and increase discussion in my classes this year.  

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iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

iTeach. iCoach. iBlog.: Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 4, 2013 7:02 PM

As you can see, this post is about a year old, but the strategies for close reading don't change. Good to be reminded and an effective visual.

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Literacy Design Collaborative | Intro

Literacy Design Collaborative | Intro | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

LDC offers a framework for building the college-and-career-ready literacy skills specified by the Common Core State Standards,


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:29 PM

I've shared several science units prepared using the Literacy Design Collaborative model. This link will take you to resources allowing you to learn more about the process and materials to get you started. I have no personal interest in this methodology but professionally, the theory and practice involved is compelling.

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New Literacy Research Infuses Common Core

New Literacy Research Infuses Common Core | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
In the 15 years since the National Reading Panel convened, researchers have learned a few things about teaching reading.

 

CCSS Supported by Research

 

1. Close Reading - The standards first set out that children build knowledge through their close reading of texts, a concept "consistent with the last 20-30 years of research

2. Cross-Content Literacy - The second big idea is its grounding in the disciplines.


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Teaching Channel: Inquiry Based Teaching & Discussion

Teaching Channel: Inquiry Based Teaching & Discussion | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

Digging deeply into texts in order to engage thoughtfully with it through writing and discussing with others.  In the video watch for:

 

-use of primary source docs

-well crafted focus questions (written into lesson plan ahead of time)

-guided discussions instead of direct instruction

-using the text to support their claim/point of view

 

 


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Using Film to Teach Common Core Skills

Using Film to Teach Common Core Skills | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
A secondary language arts teacher shares how she uses film to inspire her students' interaction with a variety of texts.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, December 13, 2012 5:10 PM

In the Common Core aligned classroom, movies are a "yes-yes" instead of a "no-no" as learners use critical thinking to compare text across multiple media.  Helpful article!

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Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text by Expeditionary Learning | EngageNY

Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text by Expeditionary Learning | EngageNY | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
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Infographic: 5 Tips for Teaching Close Reading (and 5 Things to Watch Out For!)

Infographic: 5 Tips for Teaching Close Reading (and 5 Things to Watch Out For!) | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren ... (RT @eyeoneducation: #Infographic 5 Tips for Close Reading (and 5 Things to Watch Out For!

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:40 AM

Close reading has  become the buzz! Some good, practical tips here with examples. And remember, text is a broad term not limited to print. I'm a text, you're at text. People are reading our actions as well as our words.

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Grant Wiggins Redeems Himself by following up with an Excellent Post: On Close Reading, part 2

Grant Wiggins Redeems Himself by following up with an Excellent Post: On Close Reading, part 2 | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
What is close reading? As I said in my previous blog post, whatever it is, it differs from a personal response to the text. But let's now read closely on close reading to determine what it is. Here...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:28 AM

The week prior to this post, Grant Wiggins wrote a blog criticizing a recommendation regarding close reading published in Harvey & Goudvis' book, The Comprehension Toolkit. Some of the comments that followed that post were wonderings about why a criticism without a corrective or alternative recommendation. In this excellent post, Wiggins provides not only evidence for his thinking but a suggestion for reading: How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. I might add that the work of Mortimer Adler has not only influenced my reading but also my teaching and use of the Socratic Method.

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Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions”

Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions” | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

By Christina Hank


Deep reading forces students to dig further into the text by asking them to re-read, re-visit, and search for the hidden intricacies of the text.

Deep reading, text-dependent questions, and teaching them to uncover the mysteries of texts leads our students to become more critical readers.

  • Because they are doing the work of analyzing the text, the expectations of the common core are that students will become more critical consumers of texts in their college and careers—areas of their lives when they will not have teachers around to impart the secrets of texts to them before they read.

This kind of reading also relates to the writing expectations of the common core standards that require students to deeply analyze texts, to identify the author’s explicit argument and claims to support it.

  • If students are being asked to “read like detectives,” they are being asked to “write like investigative reporters,” which means building their own arguments in response to texts (NYSED video).
If I were to teach my lesson again...
  • I would start with reading and get rid of all the frontloading.
  • I would present them with the whole Thanksgiving turkey and have them dig in on their own.
  • I would then guide their learning by pre-planning questions that make them dig deeper and deeper into the levels of meaning: 
  1. How does the use of the phrase “kinks in his soul” define the view the Yooks have of the Zooks? 
  2. What causes VanItch to “look quite sickly”? 
  3. What is Dr. Seuss saying through the growing intensity of the weapons? 
  4. Why does Dr. Seuss end the book with the “Big-Boy Boomeroo” standoff?
Gradual Release
The common core standards ask us to change the kinds of questions we ask and to require our students to do more work on their own. They ask us to let our students unravel the mysteries of reading.

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New Word Prediction Tools in WriteToLearn Provide Increased Support for ... - PR Web (press release)

New Word Prediction Tools in WriteToLearn Provide Increased Support for ... - PR Web (press release) | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
New Word Prediction Tools in WriteToLearn Provide Increased Support for ...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 5, 2013 10:19 PM

I'm sure that many teachers of special needs kids will appreciate the ongoing work towards making assessment fair to those who have challenges with the means by which they are being assessed. Not sure this is the answer but gratified to know the question continues to be addressed. 

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo


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ratzelster's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:07 AM

This article, that Darren B scooped, is very interested and very practical.  I'd love to persue Diigo with my students...I've always had trouble getting it to work with our school filter.  But it might b time to try it again because this is really close reading technique digital style!

ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2013 8:08 AM
Think it might b time to try and get the school filer to work with Diigo. Espeically since close reading in science requires lots of annotation if students are to ever understand more complex text articles.
Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:56 AM

I think this may go without saying, but these are the steps to teaching close reading not close reading in and of itself. Eventually, we all know, kids need to be able to go throught steps and thinking required of close reading independently. 

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Science: Cross Content Literacy in Science Class

Science: Cross Content Literacy in Science Class | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it
With the trend of non-fiction material on statewide reading assessments growing, administrators have begun asking teachers in subjects other than English Language Arts (ELA) to start incorporating more reading and writing tasks in their courses.

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Synthesis: Quest for New Understanding

Synthesis: Quest for New Understanding | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

QUEST is a teaching strategy that helps students formulate new information from multiple texts.

 

This lessoncast explains how the QUEST mnemonic can be remembered and applied.


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Teaching Channel: Using Multiple Texts to Make Connections in Student Led Conversation

Teaching Channel: Using Multiple Texts to Make Connections in Student Led Conversation | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

Pinwheel Discussions put students in roles where they are  likely to engage and be able to effectively discuss readings and make connections across multiple texts.


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Literacy: Introduction to Text Complexity

Literacy:  Introduction to Text Complexity | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards require that all students be able to read and comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school so that they can independently read a range of texts. We have worked with several schools via our Secondary Literacy Pilot to glean understandings about the challenges and realities of this work. Several of the resources that are available on this page have been co-developed with NYC teachers. Currently, we have made several resources on Text Complexity available. 


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Text Complexity Band Rubric

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, January 26, 2013 4:45 AM

Includes a text complexity analysis protocol, and rubrics for determining text complexity for literature and informational text.

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Grading with the Common Core

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Great strategy for grading students with the Common Core. Here is a quick tip to help teachers, students and parents assess how students are learning with the new Common Core Standards.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:13 AM

I've viewed this TeacherTube before, but only today did I think about sharing it here. Guessing most of you are using electronic gradebooks, but if not another way to manage the categories is to highlight grades you enter on a daily/weekly basis: yellow/reading literature; blue/reading informational; pink/speaking; green/listening (notice how I broke them up--your gradebook!); orange/writing; ???/language.

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PARCC's Evidence Tables begin the Work of CCSS Deconstruction


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:13 AM

These "evidence tables" for reading grades 3-11 begin the work of deconstructing the standards. For now, each piece of deconstructed "evidence" for each standard has been assigned an Arabic numeral but other documents released on April 30th reference metatagging that will occur in the future. I'll make a prediction: these metatags will become part of the aggregate and disaggregate data we receive regarding student achievement. These documents further support my position for teachers to read the standards closely and target learning for students. 

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Close Reading: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes | EngageNY

Close Reading: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes | EngageNY | Close Reading and Active Literacy | Scoop.it

Grade 5 ELA Common Core Instruction: Making a claim using two texts with similar themes

 Created on: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Grade: Intermediate and Fifth Grade Subject: English Language Arts 


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:31 PM

I've watched a number of the videos uploaded by various groups as a means to support close reading in the classroom. Some are okay but this one, in my opinion is excellent. Although it is fifth graders, the work they are doing and their willingness to do it would show a high school group proud! In other words, this video could easily be shown to upper level teachers as a model.