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Focusing on Close Reading Across Grades and Content

With the Common Core we began to focus our attention on the concept of Close Reading and helping students deal with complex texts. What is Close Reading? What are some good strategies that you can use in your classroom? This collection provides background information, teacher demo videos and three outstanding resources that provide students with materials for independently practicing close reading skills and teachers with data about their progress.
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Focusing on Close Reading Across Grades and Content
  • fisherandfrey.com
    fisherandfrey.com

    Close Reading in Elementary Schools by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

    30 minute read
    Diane Quirk says:
    In this article, elementary teachers will be introduced to the key features of close reading, modifications for elementary students, developing text dependent questions and teaching annotations.
  • fisherandfrey.com
    fisherandfrey.com

    Close Reading by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

    30 minute read
    Diane Quirk says:
    The authors are well known for their work with the Common Core and literacy. This article is a great introduction to the concept of Close Reading.
  • Diane Quirk says:
    In this video from the Teaching Channel, this teacher explains the close reading strategies that she uses with her 5th grade students. Her methods could be used across grade levels and content areas.
  • Diane Quirk says:
    Newsela provides a great source of informational text from current articles for grades 2-12. Each is aligned to Common Core Anchor Standards and students can adjust the Lexile level to fit their reading/comprehension needs. Many articles have a quiz containing three multiple-choice questions and one question that requires the reader to find evidence in the text. Student progress can be tracked.
  • Actively Learn

    Webtool
    activelylearn.com
    activelylearn.com
    Diane Quirk says:
    We teach close reading so students have skills and strategies they can use independently. Actively Learn supports the use of these skills outside the classroom or the lesson. Tools help students use the content you've chosen for them to read, annotate and share with peers while teachers keep track of the progress.
  • Curriculet

    Webtool
    curriculet.com
    curriculet.com
    Diane Quirk says:
    This is another tool for providing students with practice with complex text. The teacher creates Common Core aligned questions, text annotations or quizzes throughout the text to encourage metacognition throughout the reading. Student progress can be tracked here as well.
  • Diane Quirk says:
    A third grade teacher guides us through the ways that she helps her students use a variety of strategies as they deal with complex text. Her strategies can be adapted for use across elementary grade levels and content areas.
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