Thursday, March 21, 2013

Close Reading

Need a way to spice up your reading lessons?  Want to get your students engaged in the text they are reading?  Well, check out Close Reading!  This is a fantastic strategy to motivate your readers, and give purpose to their reading.

Close reading will guide your students to using reading strategies that are important in them becoming lifelong readers and learners and in teaching to the Common Core standards! This is a great strategy to use for guided reading groups and for independent work.

A quick peek at how to use:
Guided Reading Group:
Use pages you are currently reading.  If students own copies or have eBooks, then let them write and highlight in the book.  If they are school or library copies, use Post-It notes.  An example for reading Bridge to Teribithia:
1.  Let's read pages  106-107. As you read, I want you to write or highlight words and phrases that you think are important or inspiring.
2.  Share and discuss the words. You can create a chart of these words to document the groups responses.
3. Now let's read the same pages again, but this time let's read these pages and think: "Why do you think the author has Jess go back and remember his day in Washington and conversations he had with Leslie?
4. Read one more time and look for figurative language.  Ask, "What examples of figurative language do the author use on these pages?  Why do you think the author used these examples?

Independent Work: See Slides Below

For Additional Information:
Closing in on Close Reading by Nancy Boyles 
Close Reading in Elementary Schools by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey The Reading Teacher, Volume 66, Issue 3. pages 179-188


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