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“ Get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions about what they notice, and to answer those questions based on what’s in the text.”
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How to Do a Close Reading

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“ Step by step instructions on how to read for meaning using Robert Newton's 'Runner' as an example. With thanks to Lisa McNeice.”
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Sarah McElrath's comment, April 3, 2013 12:17 PM
Whether you have students go through and highlight isn't as important as the idea of going through a text multiple times and looking for different things. Some of the steps looked at the word choice, but some of the steps looked for themes and connections. All of that plays a part in what makes a text work--or not. Plus, note the last step which says, "now you are ready to discuss the text." So I think students and teachers can still get to the "contrast of darkness and spirit" or any other point that seems important. And would teachers do this on all texts? No, probably not. But if you started by having students practice going through and looking for different things, eventually they may gain the mindset that deep reading includes multiple readings, looking at different aspects of that text. And for younger students -- concrete is good. Start with the concrete and move to the higher level thinking.
Carol Geddis's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:31 AM

A good model for one way of doing close reading, though some kids may get "highlighter happy".

Teresa Carvalho's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:13 PM

A really user-friendly guide to use in our classes. We can use short, interesting and meaningful texts for that purpose. 

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Memphis 4th grade teacher named state's best - Memphis Business Journal (blog)

Memphis 4th grade teacher named state's best - Memphis Business Journal (blog) | Owl Reading Literacy | Scoop.it
Keystone Elementary teacher uses banking experience to help her fourth-grade students learn.
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How to Do a Close Reading

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Step by step instructions on how to read for meaning using Robert Newton's 'Runner' as an example. With thanks to Lisa McNeice.

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Sarah McElrath's comment, April 3, 2013 12:17 PM
Whether you have students go through and highlight isn't as important as the idea of going through a text multiple times and looking for different things. Some of the steps looked at the word choice, but some of the steps looked for themes and connections. All of that plays a part in what makes a text work--or not. Plus, note the last step which says, "now you are ready to discuss the text." So I think students and teachers can still get to the "contrast of darkness and spirit" or any other point that seems important. And would teachers do this on all texts? No, probably not. But if you started by having students practice going through and looking for different things, eventually they may gain the mindset that deep reading includes multiple readings, looking at different aspects of that text. And for younger students -- concrete is good. Start with the concrete and move to the higher level thinking.
Carol Geddis's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:31 AM

A good model for one way of doing close reading, though some kids may get "highlighter happy".

Teresa Carvalho's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:13 PM

A really user-friendly guide to use in our classes. We can use short, interesting and meaningful texts for that purpose. 

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Writing activities and reading comprehension: What's the link? - School Leadership 2.0

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Writing activities and reading comprehension: What's the link?This article in Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal presents a meta-analysis on the…

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Guillermo Altamirano's curator insight, February 6, 2014 4:14 AM

the article was in some ways engaging with the study that he did, but there was not enough evidence. I would like to be more specific and detail on his conclusion because it did not seemed relevant to me. In the other side the conclusion was interesting because he compared and gave his own opinion about the research he did. 

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Writing: Citing Textual Evidence

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Teaching students to use textual evidence is a key component of the Common Core. Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.

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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:14 PM

 Teach Channel video--about 6 min

David Timbs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:46 PM

It's time to get into the text Sullivan County!  

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Middle school reading

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Examples of Practice: Using iPads to Document Student Work

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"I just finished reading aloud The One and Only Ivan to 4th graders. We participated in the Global Read Aloud, where schools from all over the country and world heard the same story. Classrooms connected through Edmodo. It was a very innovative way to communicate with other learners about topics related to the story, such as gorillas, the author, and special projects classrooms were doing."


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Watchung Booksellers' Best Nonfiction Picks for Children - Patch.com

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Watchung Booksellers' Best Nonfiction Picks for Children
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And don't forget young adult nonfiction.
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[PHOTO] Clark 4th Graders Share Stories With Kindergarten Buddies - NJ TODAY

[PHOTO] Clark 4th Graders Share Stories With Kindergarten Buddies - NJ TODAY | Owl Reading Literacy | Scoop.it
NJ TODAY [PHOTO] Clark 4th Graders Share Stories With Kindergarten Buddies NJ TODAY CLARK — Students in Christine Cemelli's fourth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark met with kindergartners to share their final drafts during Writer's...
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Improve Students Reading Comprehension with These Common Core Aligned Materials ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Everyday reading early in life is a priceless investment in a child's future - Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online.
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Close Reading Infographic

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beth paterno's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:57 PM

great visual for close reading

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Professional Development: Close Reading

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This Prezi presentation was designed to lead the incredibly awesome 4th- through 8th-grade teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools through a professional learning experience, wherein which I share...


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Gazette » Close Reading: The Text, the Students, and Me

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about an instructional strategy called “close reading.”  It’s the opposite of reading to get the gist of a piece; that is, reading to summarize.  The Common Core Standards document sets out as its aim that students should be able to “deeply” analyze a piece of “rich text”—it doesn’t matter whether fiction or non-fiction—in order to understand how an author has constructed meaning.

 


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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:12 PM

"A close reading of text is a rereading of a small slice of a story (or something that is short to begin with, like a poem or an essay)—perhaps rereading it many times. Then, through careful inspection of words, sentences, paragraphs, and the way they work as parts and together as a whole, the teacher leads the students to discern the author’s meaning.  Students are guided to provide “textual evidence” that the author’s meaning is what it is. They can’t  guess, based only their prior knowledge and a cursory look at the words on the page, what the author intends.  This means, practically, that a Cliff Note’s acquaintanceship with the text won’t cut it."

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4th Graders Among Top Readers in Global Study

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“I tend to be quite optimistic on where the U.S. performs internationally. We have a large and diverse set of kids to educate, and I think the results show we are doing quite well.” Jack Buckley, National Center for Education Statistics

The United States has gained ground against countries that are top performers in 4th grade reading, outscoring all but four in a widely watched international assessment in the 2011 PIRLS, or Progress in International Reading Literacy Skills, improving to far above the international average, the latest results show.

American 4th graders increased their average score by 16 points.

Low Income Schools

U.S. schools where fewer than 10 percent of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches averaged 605 points, while those where more than three-quarters qualified for such assistance averaged 520.


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Nonfiction Text Features

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Promethean Planet

 

Lessons & Instructional Materials - Nonfiction Text Features.

 

This flipchart reviews common nonfiction text features including:

 

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Bill Moody's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:10 PM

Useful for Paper 1 GCSE

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Reading for Meaning

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.


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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 12, 2013 1:05 PM

"Reading for Meaning is deeply informed by a line of research known as comprehension instruction."